Mapping the pollutants in surface riverine flood plume waters in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Devlin, M.J., McKinna, L.W., Alvarez-Romero, J.G., Petus, C., Abott, B., Harkness, P., and Brodie, J. (2012) Mapping the pollutants in surface riverine flood plume waters in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65 (4-9). pp. 224-235.

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Abstract

The extent of flood plume water over a 10 year period was mapped using quasi-true colour imagery and used to calculate long-term frequency of occurrence of the plumes. The proportional contribution of riverine loads of dissolved inorganic nitrogen, total suspended sediments and qPhotosystem-II herbicides from each catchment was used to scale the surface exposure maps for each pollutant. A classification procedure was also applied to satellite imagery (only Wet Tropics region) during 11 flood events (2000-2010) through processing of level-2 ocean colour products to discriminate the changing characteristics across three water types: "primary plume water", characterised by high TSS values; "secondary plume water", characterised by high phytoplankton production as measured by elevated chlorophyll-a (chl-a), and "tertiary plume water", characterised by elevated coloured dissolved and detrital matter (CDOM + D). This classification is a first step to characterise flood plumes.

Item ID: 25517
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: river plume, terrestrial runoff, land-based threat, pollutant exposure, MODIS images
ISSN: 1879-3363
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 05:34
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 50%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040502 Chemical Oceanography @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960903 Coastal and Estuarine Water Management @ 50%
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