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Tamar Saltmarsh Monitoring Program: citizen science monitoring of the tidal treasures of the Tamar River estuary, Tasmania, Australia

Citation

Dykman, M and Prahalad, V, Tamar Saltmarsh Monitoring Program: citizen science monitoring of the tidal treasures of the Tamar River estuary, Tasmania, Australia, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 10, (4) pp. 222-240. ISSN 1836-6503 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2018.1502030

Abstract

The Tamar Saltmarsh Monitoring Program is a citizen science program started in 2016 as part of a State-wide effort to better map, monitor and manage Tasmanian saltmarsh ecosystems. Now in its third year (2018), the Program has facilitated the involvement of community volunteers in surveying and documenting the natural values of the Tamar River estuary saltmarshes, along with the human impacts they face. In addition to collecting valuable ecological data, the surveys have raised the profile of these ecosystems among the local community and identified key areas for improved management. Many survey volunteers had previously never stepped foot in a saltmarsh and, through their involvement in the program, have built knowledge, awareness and deeper connections with their local environment. The Tamar Saltmarsh Monitoring Program provides a salient case study to illustrate both the process and potential for the wider adoption of citizen science saltmarsh monitoring in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:saltmarsh, coastcare, coastal management, citizen science, community engagement
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological Applications
Research Field:Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
UTAS Author:Prahalad, V (Dr Vishnu Prahalad)
ID Code:127531
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-08-02
Last Modified:2019-03-14
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