There is a lot of interest in developing northern Australia while also caring for the unique Australian landscape (Commonwealth of Australia 2015). However, trying to decide how to develop and protect at the same time can be a challenge. There are many modelling tools available to inform these decisions, including integrated models, frameworks, and decision support tools, but there are so many different kinds that it’s difficult to determine which might be best suited to inform different decisions. To support planning and development decisions across northern Australia, this project aimed to create resources to help end-users (practitioners) to assess: 1. the availability and suitability of particular modelling tools; and 2. the feasibility of using, developing, and maintaining different types of modelling tools.
Stoeckl, N., Grainger, D., Esparon, E., Farr, M., Larson, S., & Kennard, M., Álvarez-Romero, J., Cattarino, L., Adams, V., Douglas, M., Pressey, B., and Pannell, D. (2016). Integrated models, frameworks and decision support tools to guide management and planning in Northern Australia, Final report. Technical report for the Northern Australian Environmental Resources Hub of the National Environmental Research Program, Project 1.2 – Review of integrated models, frameworks and decision support tools to guide management and planning in northern Australia. Townsville: James Cook University.
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