Real-time environmental monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef

Ruxton, Adam, Woods, Graham S., Gigan, Gilles, and Huddlestone-Holmes, Cameron R. (2009) Real-time environmental monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef. International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 10 (1). pp. 26-35.

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Abstract

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the largest natural feature on earth, stretching more than 2300 km along the northeast coast of Australia. It contains a diverse array of species and habitats that are threatened by environmental and human impacts. Monitoring environmental changes would give a better understanding of the health of this ecological system. It would also help shape decision-making to ensure this important natural asset is protected into the future. This paper investigates how environmental information can be collected and brought back to the mainland from the GBR. A novel method of using the evaporation duct above the ocean surface to tunnel radio signals beyond the horizon is proposed for the link to the mainland, and the design of a hybrid power supply is also outlined. A monitoring network for use on Davies Reef, approximately 80 km off the coast of northern Queensland, is used as a case study in this paper.

Item ID: 9931
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: evaporation duct; ocean communications; radio propagation; hybrid solar wind power
ISSN: 1741-511X
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 04:09
FoR Codes: 10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100505 Microwave and Millimetrewave Theory and Technology @ 60%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100599 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960508 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mining Environments @ 40%
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