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A Paddock to reef monitoring and modelling framework for the Great Barrier Reef: Paddock and catchment component

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Carroll, C., Waters, D., Vardy, S., Silburn, D. M., Attard, S., Thorburn, P. J., Davis, A. M., Halpin, N., Schmidt, M., Wilson, B. and Clark, A. (2012) A Paddock to reef monitoring and modelling framework for the Great Barrier Reef: Paddock and catchment component. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65 (4-9). pp. 136-149. ISSN 0025-326X

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.11.022


Targets for improvements in water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) have been set through the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan). To measure and report on progress towards the targets set a program has been established that combines monitoring and modelling at paddock through to catchment and reef scales; the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program (Paddock to Reef Program). This program aims to provide evidence of links between land management activities, water quality and reef health. Five lines of evidence are used: the effectiveness of management practices to improve water quality; the prevalence of management practice adoption and change in catchment indicators; long-term monitoring of catchment water quality; paddock & catchment modelling to provide a relative assessment of progress towards meeting targets; and finally marine monitoring of GBR water quality and reef ecosystem health. This paper outlines the first four lines of evidence. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Subjects:Science > Biology > Ecology
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > By region or country > Australia > Great Barrier Reef
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