Rimstone pool, Mole Creek Karst National Park, Tasmania. Picture: Ian Houshold
In many parts of Australia, groundwater resources are being significantly affected by climate variability and human activities including agriculture, mining and commercial developments.
The Bureau provides a suite of freely-available, nationally-consistent groundwater data and information products. These products are used by organisations and governments to inform decision making about how groundwater resources should be managed.
The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Atlas is the first comprehensive national inventory of the location and characteristics of groundwater dependent ecosystems in Australia. It assists natural resource management in the identification of ecosystems with groundwater requirements.
The National Groundwater Information System is a spatial database that contains around 800,000 bore locations and their associated lithology, bore construction and hydrostratigraphy logs. 2D and 3D aquifer geometries are also available for some areas.
The National Aquifer Framework provides nationally consistent terminology for describing and grouping sediment and rock layers with similar hydraulic characteristics. This framework standardises information in the National Groundwater Information System.
Groundwater information in other Bureau products
The Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (Geofabric) is a specialised geographic information system which includes an interim national cartographic representation of groundwater hydrology features, such as aquifer boundaries and groundwater salinity.
The Australian Water Resources Assessment reports on the availability, quality and use of the nation's water resources, including trends in groundwater resources.
The Bureau's National Water Account discloses the total water resources for nine nationally significant water use regions for the previous financial year, the rights of access to that water and water use. It also includes information about groundwater inflows and outflows.