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3.2 Development of a spatial assessment tool

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A Spatial Assessment Tool was developed to help identify landscapes within the Goulburn Broken Catchment that are vulnerable to climate change to assist in focusing adaptation. The Tool can also help identify priority landscapes for carbon farming activities (mitigation).

The Tool assists NRM planners to develop scenarios of climate change impact based on spatial data and to incorporate any relevant local knowledge. Criteria can be weighted to assign higher importance to certain criteria over others with specific criteria and/ or criteria weighting able to be changed between scenario runs, providing flexibility to customise inputs (Kelly and Davy 2014).

The Tool is not an end in itself, but instead is a means to help NRM planners and decision-makers to understand their complex planning and decision-making environment. The Tool is not for operational or every-day use, but can be used at strategic points in NRM planning cycles. It can also be updated as new information becomes available. The Tool runs assessments for the whole of the Goulburn Broken Catchment but users can extract subsets of this data and analyse them using GIS.

The Tool’s data library contains spatial information that represents the vulnerability and priority assessment criteria. The Tool has the capacity to include additional criteria and associated data. The actual number of criteria and data sets deployed to inform this Plan reflects the available information, difficulty to create or represent criteria spatially and the project budget.