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Assessing the cost for pollutant load reductions in the Great Barrier Reef: A case study

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Star, M., Rolfe, J. W., Beutel, T. S., McCosker, K. and Darr, S. (2017) Assessing the cost for pollutant load reductions in the Great Barrier Reef: A case study. In: 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Managing Cumulative Risks through Model-Based Processes, MODSIM 2017 - Held jointly with the 25th National Conference of the Australian Society for Operations Research and the DST Group led Defence.

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The slow progress of pollutant reduction towards the Great Barrier Reef water quality improvement plan targets has increased the pressure to achieve more cost effective outcomes. Consistency in how costs are captured for different policy mechanisms from the paddock scale to the catchment scale would allow more robust evaluation of achieving overall pollutant reduction targets. Progress in the Paddock to Reef monitoring and modelling program (P2R) in the areas of landholder adoption, ground cover and monitoring the program have improved decision making. However, the costs involved in current optimization approaches have data paucity, and could be improved with more consistent, and comprehensive data to evaluate investments. This paper provides a framework on how economic data could be collected to integrate into Paddock to Reef program to optimise investments. © 2017 Proceedings - 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, MODSIM 2017. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Agriculture
Keywords:Cost-effective Grazing management Great Barrier Reef Optimisation Catchments Cost effectiveness Decision making Operations research Reefs Risk assessment Water pollution Water quality Cost effective Current optimization Optimisations Policy mechanisms Reduction targets Water quality improvements Cost reduction
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural chemistry. Agricultural chemicals
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural conservation
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Conservation of natural resources
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > By region or country > Australia > Great Barrier Reef
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
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