Contents SoE 2003
New South Wales State of the Environment
Toward Sustainability Human Settlement Atmosphere Land Water Biodiversity   See Backgrounder

List of indicators

Toward Environmental Sustainability

Indicator 1.1 Resource consumption

Indicator 1.2 Community attitudes and actions

Human Settlement

Indicator 2.1 Population distribution

Indicator 2.2 Residential density

Indicator 2.3 Changes in urban land use

Indicator 2.4 Urban drinking water quality

Indicator 2.5 Urban water consumption

Indicator 2.6 Urban water discharge

Indicator 2.7 Energy sources

Indicator 2.8 Energy use

Indicator 2.9 Vehicle kilometres travelled

Indicator 2.10 Mode of transport to work

Indicator 2.11 Public transport use

Indicator 2.12 Fuel consumption per transport output

Indicator 2.13 Solid waste disposal

Indicator 2.14 Waste recycling

Indicator 2.15 Number of cultural heritage items recorded

Indicator 2.16 Urban green space

Indicator 2.17 Noise

Indicator 2.18 Odour


Indicator 3.1 Concentration of ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere

Indicator 3.2 Stratospheric ozone concentrations

Indicator 3.3 Recovery and destruction of ozone-depleting substances

Indicator 3.4 Level of UV-B radiation at the surface

Indicator 3.5 Annual greenhouse gas emissions

Indicator 3.6 Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (CO2-e)

Indicator 3.7 Concentrations of carbon monoxide

Indicator 3.8 Concentrations of ozone

Indicator 3.9 Concentrations of lead

Indicator 3.10 Concentrations of nitrogen dioxide

Indicator 3.11 Concentrations of sulfur dioxide

Indicator 3.12 Concentrations of particles (PM10)

Indicator 3.13 Air toxics levels

Indicator 3.14 Indoor air quality


Indicator 4.1 Changes in agricultural land use

Indicator 4.2 Potential for soil erosion

Indicator 4.3 Area affected by salinity

Indicator 4.4 Area of rising watertables

Indicator 4.5 Area affected by acidity

Indicator 4.6 Area affected by acid sulfate soils

Indicator 4.7 Number of regulated contaminated sites

Indicator 4.8 Exceedences of maximum residue levels in food and produce


Indicator 5.1 River health, as assessed by macroinvertebrate assemblages

Indicator 5.2 Surface water extraction versus sustainability

Indicator 5.3 Environmental flow objectives

Indicator 5.4 Point-source discharges to fresh waters and wastewater treatment

Indicator 5.5 Surface water salinity

Indicator 5.6 Exceedences of surface water quality objectives

Indicator 5.7 Freshwater blue-green algal blooms

Indicator 5.8 Groundwater extraction versus sustainability

Indicator 5.9 Exceedences of groundwater quality guidelines for salinity and contaminants

Indicator 5.10 Exceedences of marine and estuarine primary contact recreational water quality guidelines

Indicator 5.11 Point-source discharges to marine and estuarine waters, and wastewater treatment

Indicator 5.12 Marine and estuarine algal blooms

Indicator 5.13 Major marine and estuarine pollution incidents

Indicator 5.14 Sediment contamination


Indicator 6.1 Extent and condition of native vegetation

Indicator 6.2 Terrestrial protected areas

Indicator 6.3 Clearing rate of native vegetation

Indicator 6.4 Area revegetated

Indicator 6.5 Number of terrestrial extinct, endangered and vulnerable species, endangered ecological communities, and endangered populations

Indicator 6.6 Number of terrestrial recovery plans

Indicator 6.7 Introduced terrestrial species

Indicator 6.8 Fire regimes

Indicator 6.9 Extent and condition of aquatic ecosystems

Indicator 6.10 Extent and condition of wetlands

Indicator 6.11 Aquatic protected areas

Indicator 6.12 Number of aquatic extinct, endangered and vulnerable species, populations and ecological communities

Indicator 6.13 Number of aquatic recovery plans

Indicator 6.14 Introduced aquatic species

Indicator 6.15 Estimated wild fish stocks

Indicator 6.16 Total fisheries catch

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