Automatic weather stations: tools for managing and monitoring potential impacts to coral reefs

Berkelmans, Ray, Hendee, Jim C., Marshall, Paul A., Ridd, Peter V., Orpin, Alan R., and Irivine, Duncan (2002) Automatic weather stations: tools for managing and monitoring potential impacts to coral reefs. Marine Technology Society Journal, 36 (1). pp. 29-38.

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With recent technological advances and a reduction in the cost of automatic weather stations and data buoys, the potential exists for significant advancement in science and environmental management using near real-time, high-resolution data to predict biological and/or physical events.

However, real-world examples of how this potential wealth of data has been used in environmental management are few and far between. We describe in detail two examples where near real-time data are being used for the benefit of science and management. These include a prediction of coral bleaching events using temperature, light and wind as primary predictor variables, and the management of a coastal development where dynamic discharge quality limits are maintained with the aid of wind data as a proxy for turbidity in receiving waters.

We argue that the limiting factors for the use of near real-time environmental data in management is frequently not the availability of the data, but the lack of knowledge of the quantitative relationships between biological/physical processes or events and environmental variables.

We advocate renewed research into this area and an integrated approach to the use of a wide range of data types to deal with management issues in an innovative, cost-effective manner.

Item ID: 13631
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0025-3324
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 02:12
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040599 Oceanography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969902 Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. Climate Related) @ 100%
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