Rivers are diverse in their physical character and behaviour. Different types of rivers have different processes and sensitivity to change. To manage rivers effectively, we need to understand the existing geomorphic condition of the river, its inherent fragility (sensitivity to change) and likelihood of recovery. This all requires a consistent method to characterise the types of rivers we are working with and how they function.
River styles framework
The River Styles Framework is a system for understanding and managing rivers in all their diverse geomorphic characteristics and behaviours. Developed at Macquarie University, the framework is a method for classifying river character, behaviour, condition and recovery potential. It has been used extensively in Australia and overseas to categorise river types and describe river behaviour. The NSW River Styles Database uses the River Styles Framework.
More information about the database and framework, and how the database helps to support and improve river management in NSW can be found in the NSW River Styles spatial dataset companion documentDownload the report (PDF. 1,700KB)