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Improving expert panel assessments through the use of a composite river condition index - the case of the rivers affected by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, Australia

Young, William J; Chessman, B C; Erskine, Wayne; Raadik, T A; Wimbush, D J; Tilleard, J; Jakeman, Anthony; Varley, I; Verhoeven, T

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A rapid process of water reform in Australia has seen governments rely heavily on 'expert' or 'scientific' panel advice for river condition and environmental flow assessments. These multi-disciplinary teams of scientists have enabled a quick and relatively inexpensive injection of science into what is often a data-poor decision process. However, expert panels suffer from several important drawbacks including a lack of transparency and repeatability, and unquantified uncertainty. In the case of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/79044
Source: River Research and Applications
DOI: 10.1002/rra.772

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