National Surface Water Information
A core information requirement for managing Australia's water resources is knowledge of the spatial location, relationships and characteristics of the hydrological features: the catchments, streams, aquifers, storages, wetlands and man-made structures that make up the hydrological system. In late 2008, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), in partnership with Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and the Australian National University (ANU) commenced the development of the Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (Geofabric).
The Geofabric is being developed to underpin the Australian Water Resources Information System (AWRIS) within a single, consistent, national geospatial framework for hydrological features.
Geoscience Australia's role in the Geofabric is providing the best available national topographic spatial data for surface water features based on the National Topographic Data and Map Specifications.
Please direct any Geofabric enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surface Hydrology Data
Under the Foundation Spatial Data Framework, Geoscience Australia is custodian for national surface hydrology data. Geoscience Australia has aggregated data supplied from state and national jurisdictions to create the Surface Hydrology Regional Database. This data has been edge-matched across state borders, flow directed and topologically corrected to provide consistency across the country to represent the best available surface hydrology dataset.
The National Surface Hydrology Database is a selection of features from the regional database (previously referred to as 1:250,000 scale).
Surface hydrology product suite in national coverage available in zipped format. Includes the 2012 Drainage Basins and River Regions Map.
Available in zipped raster format. Includes Levels 1 (drainage divisions) and 2 (aggregated river basin groups) and NCB Pfafstetter coding. The vector product is available from the Geofabric website.
Delineates the entire catchment area of any outlet to the sea or inland sink. Derived from 9 second DEM by ANU in raster and vector formats.
Other Hydrology Related Datasets
A set of lookup tables supplying attributes describing the natural and anthropogenic characteristics of the stream and catchment environment.