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Report Card 2015—Ground cover


A standardised scoring system was developed for each key indicator in the report card. The scoring system is used to assess and communicate progress towards the targets using the following categories.

Results—colour coding
A - Very goodB - GoodC - Moderate
D - PoorE - Very poor

Confidence indicator

Indicator confidence is based on expert opinion and direct measures of error.

Confidence indicator for groundcover: 4 out of 5Further details on the scoring system (PDF, 567K) and qualitative confidence rankings for each indicator are outlined in the supporting technical information.

Late dry season ground cover^ is reported for 2014–15 for the entire region.

Target: minimum 70% cover by 2018.

Region Result
Great Barrier Reef A 77%
Cape York A 84%
Wet Tropics A 88%
Burdekin B* 69%
Mackay Whitsunday A 88%
Fitzroy A* 80%
Burnett Mary A 89%

* Significant areas of low ground cover within the Burdekin and Fitzroy regions which were drought-declared.

^ Ground cover monitors pasture and plant litter relative to bare ground across most grazing lands. Areas with very high tree cover are not reported.

Read the detailed Ground cover results (PDF, 5.5M).

Last updated
20 October 2016

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