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Title: Flood plumes in the Great Barrier Reef : spatial and temporal patterns in composition and distribution
Authors: Devlin, M.
Waterhouse, J.
Taylor, J.
Brodie, J.E.
Corporate author: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Year of publication: 2001
Year: 2001
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Place of publication: Townsville
Type of document: Report
Series/Report no.: Research publication series no. 68
Research publication
Abstract: Protecting water quality in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is recognised as one of the major challenges facing management of the area. One of the most important processes directly impacting the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the input of terrestrially derived nutrients and sediments to nearshore regions. This mainly occurs via river run-off, especially during periods of intense rainfall typically associated with tropical cyclones. Flood plumes occur at a time when the majority of inputs into the GBR lagoon are at peak concentrations and reefs and other inshore marine ecosystems then experience the highest concentrations of pollutants. The principal threat to the water quality of the reef arises from changes to the composition of the riverine discharge due to changed land use on coastal catchments. The characteristics of the plume water, including salinity, nutrients, sediment and toxicants pose a range of potential threats to the health of inshore ecosystems.
ISBN: 9780642230973
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Subjects: Plumes (Fluid dynamics)
Water quality
Ecosystem disturbance
Water quality
Environmental management
Scientific research
Extreme events
Water quality
Effects on the Reef
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