National Aquifer Framework

National Aquifer Framework

Each State and Territory uses their own terminology to describe sediments and rocks with similar hydraulic characteristics (hydrogeologic units) and this causes difficulties for cross-jurisdictional basins such as the Great Artesian Basin and the Murray Basin.

The Bureau of Meteorology has developed the National Aquifer Framework for naming and grouping hydrogeologic units from across Australia to address these jurisdictional differences.

The framework is used to standardise terminology in the Bureau's National Groundwater Information System which is a spatial database for Australian groundwater information.

Read the National Aquifer Framework Information Sheet (330KB) to find out more.

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