What river impacts this reef? A simple reef exposure model

Maughan, M, Brodie, J, and Waterhouse, J (2008) What river impacts this reef? A simple reef exposure model. In: Proceedings of Water Down Under 2008: incorporating 31st Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research, pp. 1912-1923. From: Water Down Under 2008, 15-17 Apr 2008, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Abstract

Since land-based pollution is a major cause of decline of reefs, a simple reef exposure model was developed to model and visualise current contaminant exposure to reefs and future management options. Total suspended sediments, dissolved inorganic nitrogen, total phosphorus and herbicides were modelled for the whole Great Barrier Reef coast, using data inputs such as monitored contaminant load, river volume and variability, distance from river to reef, and bearing. Realistic contaminant reductions were used to calculate and visualise management options for the Tully/Murray, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday, Fitzroy and Burnett regions, and the results will assist the creation of Water Quality Improvement Plans for those regions.

Item ID: 7807
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; modelling approach; pollutant exposure; auspended sediment; nutrients; pesticides
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ISBN: 0-858-25735-1
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 05:24
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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