The term ‘Indicator’ is defined as a significant physical, chemical, biological, social or economic variable which can be measured in a defined way for management purposes (CSIRO 1999)*. Indicators assist land managers in making land management decisions related to productivity and sustainability.
The suite of indicators in the Land Manager’s Monitoring Guide are designed to assist you with managing your influence upon the environment as a land manager and enable you to reliably communicate what is happening on your property. Where possible, indicators are used which are consistent with methods used for national, state and regional level natural resource management monitoring and decision making.
Descriptions for some key indicators include information required to use them in the field, collect and manage the data, interpret the results and assist in decision making.
* CSIRO (1999). A guidebook to environmental indicators. CSIRO Australia, accessed 18 October 2007.
Last updated 7 September 2010