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Developing a Regional Ecological Risk Assessment: A Case Study of a Tasmanian Agricultural Catchment

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posted on 2023-05-16, 16:45 authored by Walker, R, Landis, W, Brown, PH
A regional ecological risk assessment was conducted for the Mountain River catchment in Tasmania, Australia. The Relative Risk Model was used in conjunction with geographic information systems interpretations. Stakeholder values were used to develop assessment endpoints, and regional stressors and habitats were identified. The risk hypotheses expressed in the conceptual model were that agriculture and land clearing for rural residential are producing multiple stressors that have potential for contamination of local waterbodies, eutrophication, changes in hydrology, reduction in the habitat of native flora and fauna, reductions in populations of beneficial insects in agricultural production systems, increased weed competition in pastures, and loss of aesthetic value in residential areas. In the risk analysis the catchment was divided into risk regions based on topography and land use. Stressors were ranked on likelihood of occurrence, while habitats were ranked on percentage land area. Risk characterization showed risks to the maintenance of productive primary industries were highest across all risk regions, followed by maintenance of a good residential environment and maintenance of fish populations. Sensitivity analysis was conducted to show the variability in risk outcomes stemming from uncertainty about stressors and habitats. Outcomes from this assessment provide a basis for planning regional environmental monitoring programs. © 2001 by ASP.


Publication title

Human and Ecological Risk Assessment








Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)


Taylor & Francis Inc

Place of publication

United States

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified

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