Detailed Land Characterisation for irrigated plantation and pasture development - Erosion and Sediment Control
- Client: Confidential Client
The development of an erosion overview focused on identification of areas of potential land degradation at a property level to address the current state of the property.
A high level erosion assessment was developed to:
- Identify areas of current erosion;
- Identify type of erosion;
- Identify erosion hazards (potential erosion from changed management) from a desktop study;
- Identify management measures by erosion type; and
- To discover the possibility of sodic soils and whether water course bank slumping may be an issue as a result of the soils and geomorphology of those identified creeks.
The client required an efficient yet comprehensive approach for baseline characterisation of a 5,000 ha property prior to irrigation development. The baseline was required to inform both suitable areas for development, and long term performance in land management.
Verterra developed an efficient approach to classification of the pre-development erosion status by sub-dividing the property into 24 sub-catchments, then surveying each to map and characterise the extent, type and severity of erosion using standardised site survey procedures. This facilitated summary data of erosion type, severity and spatial extent to be readily analysed.
Benefit to Client:
The project provided the client with a clear, spatially explicit benchmark of pre-development erosion status.
- Market Sector: Oil and Gas
- Irrigated forest & fodder crops for beneficial use of waste water
- Soil surveying and land capability assessment
- General land, water and vegetation technical services
- Location: Queensland
- Year: 2011