Flooding in NE Australia: how ongoing monitoring of flood plumes helps in managing the Great Barrier Reef

Devlin, Michelle (2011) Flooding in NE Australia: how ongoing monitoring of flood plumes helps in managing the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Ecosystems and Management, 4 (4). p. 7.

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[Extract] In January, massive flooding in the Australian state of Queensland killed at least 35 people and sent plumes of muddy, polluted water downstream and into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The marine park's water quality management program (www.gbrmpa.gov. au/corp_site/key_issues/water_quality) monitors a wide array of nutrients and pollutants that flow from the neighboring river catchments to the MPA's waters. The program includes a flood plume monitoring program directed by Michelle Devlin of James Cook University. Here Devlin describes the monitoring program and how it informs park management: "There is a flood somewhere, every year, in the Great Barrier Reef region. The aim of our flood plume monitoring program is to understand the short-term impacts of the river plumes, where the plumes go, and what it means for the marine environment when they get there. From information on the movement, extent, and concentrations of flood plumes, we are able to map high exposure areas and start to identify areas at risk from particular pollutants, depending on adjacent catchment….".

Item ID: 21420
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 07:13
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960502 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments @ 50%
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