Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program - Inshore Water Quality of the Great Barrier Reef
This page is now deprecated. It has been replaced with a project summary Reef Plan Marine Monitoring Program - Inshore Water Quality monitoring (AIMS). This page will be removed in the near future.
Regular monitoring of the water quality in the inshore GBR lagoon has commenced in 2005 as part of the Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program (MMP), which is supported by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
Water quality monitoring in the inshore lagoon is carried out at 14 fixed coral reef locations in four NRM regions, the Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday and Fitzroy regions. Water quality is assessed by direct water sampling and laboratory analyses of a comprehensive suite of dissolved and particulate nutrients and carbon, suspended solids, chlorophyll a and salinity, as well as by continuously logging sensors for measurements of temperature, chlorophyll and turbidity (sinec October 2007).
Sampling of the longest available time series of water quality data for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in coastal waters between Cape Tribulation and Cairns from 1989 to the present was also continued under the MMP at six fixed open water sampling locations.
A summary of results for this dataset can be viewed in Google Earth using this KML.