Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition (RARC) Version 2 / Amy Jansen ... [et al.]

TitleRapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition (RARC) Version 2 / Amy Jansen ... [et al.]
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsJansen, A, Robertson, A, Thompson, L, Wilson, A
Number of Pages17
PublisherLand and Water Australia,
CityCanberra
Call NumberBiodiversity
Keywordsecosystems, restoration, riparian
Abstract

The Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition assesses the ecological condition of riparian habitats using indicators that reflect functional aspects of the physical, community and landscape features of the riparian zone. ~ The Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition index is made up of five sub-indices, each with a number of indicators: Habitat continuity and extent (HABITAT), Vegetation cover and structural complexity (COVER), Dominance of natives versus exotics (NATIVES), Standing dead trees, hollows, fallen logs and leaf litter (DEBRIS), and Indicative features (FEATURES). ~ The Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition has been tested in three areas in south-eastern Australia: on the Murrumbidgee River, in Gippsland, and in the Goulburn-Broken catchment. In all three areas, there was a strong negative relationship between grazing intensity and riparian condition. ~ Testing of the Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition index confirms that it is a good indicator of the biodiversity and functioning of riparian zones. ~ This Technical Guideline Update is the second version of the Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition, and incorporates a simplified scoring system, additional indicators, and some adjustments to scoring of individual indicators

URLhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/264672885_Rapid_appraisal_of_riparian_condition
Short TitleRapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition RARC Version 2