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Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments - V2.1


This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and are presented here as originally supplied.

Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments comprises two related views of hydrological catchments to be used for analysis and reporting purposes. Firstly, a topological network view of hydrological catchments represented as a simplified node-link network using a subset of the contracted nodes (AHGFNode) and the links (AHGFLink) between them; and secondly, a catchments view of the hydrology using the contracted catchments (AHGFContractedCatchment). The AHGFNode feature class contains contracted nodes that are points of hydrological significance that carry identity. They include the confluence of major named streams, coastal stream termini, waterbody inflow and outflows and inland sinks. It also contains a new class of node called diffuse nodes that represent diffused flow from groups of nodes at coastal, delta or inter-catchment outlets. The AHGFLink feature class provides the topological connectors between a subset of contracted nodes that participate in the simplified node-link network. The AHGFContractedCatchment feature class contains catchment polygons (that are aggregations of AHGFCatchments) for the subset of contracted nodes that participate in the simplified node link network. These catchments are part of a hierarchy that can be aggregated based on upstream relationships. This product contains five feature types including: Node, Link, Contracted Catchment, Node-Link Connectivity (upstream), and Node-Link Connectivity (downstream).


Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments is designed to meet two specific use cases. Firstly, the contracted catchments are designed to build stable reporting regions and secondly, the simplified node-link network is designed to be used as input to hydrological modelling environments, to identify nodes, reporting reaches and their associated catchments.

The AHGFContractedCatchment feature class is designed to represent geographic surface boundaries that have a hydrological relationship to surface water features. These catchment boundaries in their current form may not completely satisfy legislative or business requirements, but are intended to provide the building blocks for reporting regions such as those given in Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Regions. The AHGFNode and AHGFLink feature classes provide a simplified, dendritic node link network for input into hydrological models.

Dataset History

Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments is part of a suite of Geofabric products produced by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The geometry of this product is derived from the Geofabric Surface Network product. It consists of AHGF Node, AHGF Link and AHGF Contracted Catchments as well as AHGF Node-Link Connectivity tables for both upstream and downstream network tracing. The outflow point for each AHGF Contracted Catchment is based on a Contracted Node and the boundaries of the underlying AHGF Catchments. The feature class terminology for Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments components has been modified to distinguish it in terms of the products underlying data model.

The AHGFContractedCatchments are aggregations of the 9 second catchments that participate in a relationship of common areal extent, based upon the location of a Contracted Node from both the Geofabric Surface Cartography and Geofabric Surface Network products. The types of contracted nodes and the levels of contracted confidence are further described in the Geofabric Product Guide.

Processing steps:

  1. re-composited feature classes in the Geofabric Maintenance Geodatabase Feature Dataset are assigned unique Hydro-IDs using ESRI ArcHydro for Surface Water (ArcHydro: and ApFramework:

  2. feature classes from the Geofabric Maintenance Geodatabase Feature Dataset are extracted and reassigned to the Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments Feature Dataset within the Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments Geodatabase.

A complete set of data mappings, from input source data to Geofabric Products, is included in the Geofabric Product Guide, Appendices.

Dataset Citation

Bureau of Meteorology (2011) Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments - V2.1. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 13 March 2019, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/ce066e36-49ad-4f77-b505-b1d2a4fe9c6a.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Geofabric Hydrology Reporting Catchments - V2.1
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/, (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Bureau of Meteorology) 2012
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/84179f61-296a-4a53-94e7-a9a3eda9a554
Date Published 2016-04-08
Date Updated 2022-04-13
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Program
Temporal Coverage 2016-04-08 00:00:00
Geospatial Coverage POLYGON ((154.1 -44, 154.1 -8.9, 112.8 -8.9, 112.8 -44, 154.1 -44))
Jurisdiction Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Program