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Improving the utility and sensitivity of estuarine monitoring


Ross, D and Crawford, C and Gibson, J and Gallagher, J and Beard, J and McGowan, S, Improving the utility and sensitivity of estuarine monitoring, Landscape logic: integrating science for landscape management, CSIRO Publishing, T Lefroy, A Curtis, A Jakeman and J McKee (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 39-50. ISBN 9780643103542 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter describes the development and key outputs of a study that examined the links between land use, land management and the health of estuarine ecosystems in Tasmania. The project originally involved four major tasks: retrospectively examining the relationships between land use, water quality and quantity, and para~eters of estuarine health; assessing change in the condition of selected estuaries in relation to land use change over the period; evaluating indicators of estuarine resource condition and trigger levels of change; and reconstructing a history of estuarine condition back to European settlement. Differences in location, time of year and methods of past sample collection and analysis lead to high levels of variation in the data, which limited our ability to clearly identify land use impacts. This and partner feedback highlighted the need for a standardised framework for the design and interpretation of estuarine monitoring. In response, the contemporary survey in task 2 was modified to identify the key sources of variation so that future monitoring programs could be designed to oetect anthropogenic-driven change, with data collection focused on characterising the physical, chemical and biological conditions of the water column and sediments. The findings from historic data and contemporary surveys were used to develop a decision tree and conceptual diagrams to support management of Tasmanian estuaries based on three major drivers of estuarine condition - flushing time, seasonality of critical events and sensitive locations characteristic of different estuary types. This was possible because the study found that multiestuary characterisation is sufficiently consistent to provide a valid model.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
UTAS Author:Ross, D (Associate Professor Jeff Ross)
UTAS Author:Crawford, C (Dr Christine Crawford)
UTAS Author:Gibson, J (Dr John Gibson)
UTAS Author:Gallagher, J (Dr John Barry Gallagher)
UTAS Author:Beard, J (Mr Jason Beard)
UTAS Author:McGowan, S (Mr Shaun McGowan)
ID Code:77742
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2012-05-23
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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