A highly-successful workshop was held at Orpheus Island Research Station last month to look at ways to improve collaboration between scientists, traditional land and sea owners, tourism business operators and … Read More
The November edition of “View on TWQ” is now online and can be found here.
A world-first study on the Great Barrier Reef shows crown-of-thorns starfish have the ability to find their own way home—a behaviour previously undocumented—but only if their neighbourhood is stocked with … Read More
The success and benefits of a NESP-produced decision support tool have captured the attention of many growers in the Burdekin region, with growing demand from industry to see further adoption … Read More
27 September 2020 Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) A unique pilot project in North Queensland encouraging farmers and marine scientists to cooperate and work more closely together to protect … Read More
Recently published research into the movement behaviour of crown-of-thorns starfish is available for Great Barrier Reef managers to better predict and manage future outbreaks at a regional level. By both … Read More
After a cyclone impacted reefs in the Whitsundays, Reef Ecologic, in partnership with the local community and tourism industry began a reef restoration project. With the creation of coral nurseries, … Read More
Monitoring the aesthetic, natural beauty and values of a reef has the potential to provide information on the health of the reef, particularly in areas where ecological monitoring is not possible. … Read More
The July edition of “View on TWQ” is now online and can be found here.
Traditional Owners, citizen scientists and major reef tourism operators are motivated to restore and maintain coral ecosystems at their own sites, not just for economic or cultural reasons but also … Read More
Researchers have recently closed some key knowledge gaps in understanding of the early stages of the coral-eating starfish’s lifecycle. Little was previously known of the species’ juvenile life. As part of … Read More
Research has shed new light on how interruptions to benthic photosynthetically active radiation (bPAR) – the amount of usable light reaching the seafloor – affects the health and growth of … Read More
The wide demand for Indigenous-led Great Barrier Reef tourism can be developed into successful businesses that benefit their communities with the right support, according to a report from the Tropical … Read More
A new decision-making framework developed by the NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ) is underpinning the approach of the expanded Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Control Program to protect the Great Barrier Reef … Read More
Over 50 different pesticides can be detected in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), yet most research is directed at only five Photosystem-II (PSII) chemicals. The purpose of Project … Read More
Tropical Water Quality Hub scientists have identified critical knowledge gaps for a number of contaminants entering into the marine waters of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait. These … Read More
Cutting-edge underwater monitoring technology has enabled researchers working on a NESP TWQ project to develop models to help decision-makers assess the risk posed to inshore corals by port dredging. The project … Read More
Scientists have identified critical knowledge gaps for a number of contaminants entering into the waters of Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. These contaminants originate from a wide range of … Read More
Tropical Water Quality Hub researchers are employing Big Data and artificial intelligence approaches to develop and test methods of analysing thousands of social media posts with the potential to turn … Read More
Northern Queensland’s thriving coastal agricultural system poses major water quality problems for the Great Barrier Reef, especially when it comes to the high levels of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) found … Read More
The January edition of “View on TWQ” is now online and can be found here.
Benthic photosynthetically active radiation (bPAR¸ light that reaches the sea floor), is critical to the health of coastal marine environments including coral reefs and seagrasses, and may serve as an … Read More
A workshop at tropical Orpheus Island has provided the latest techniques and tips on coral reef restoration and leadership to Great Barrier Reef managers, tourism operators and Traditional Owners. James Cook … Read More
Sediment sourced from gully erosion in Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments represents a major threat to the health the reef. Gullies occur in all shapes and sizes, and while governments are … Read More
Direct observations of spearfishers can provide a valuable source of information on reef health, which can be used to inform best-management practices. Dr. Wolfe and Professor Mumby from the University … Read More
Climate change is unlikely to cause many problems for a sometimes lethal species of box jellyfish that frequents northern Australian waters, according to research supported by the Tropical Water Quality Hub. Professor … Read More
The September edition of “View on TWQ” is now online and can be found here.
Research spanning multiple fields and institutions is filling knowledge gaps on the factors affecting outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS) on the Great Barrier Reef under a … Read More
Erosion from gullies is a major source of sediment impact on the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Mitigating this erosion is therefore key to improving water quality in Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems. … Read More
Some species or species groups may be more important than others in helping the Great Barrier Reef function and continue to provide its ecosystem services. Identifying these species is a crucial … Read More
NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub research is continuing to feed into the Master Reef Guides program. These expert communicators convey the wonder, fragility and interconnections of the Great Barrier Reef, … Read More
An interactive map recently released by Australian sugar cane industry peak body Canegrowers shows over a decade of collaboration between the industry and Great Barrier Reef research, including multiple Tropical … Read More
Research delivered through NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub (the predecessor to NESP TWQ) has illustrated the role played by emotive media coverage of the mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier … Read More
Working with Tropical Water Quality Hub researchers, Bundaberg-based indigenous ranger group Gidarjil Development Corporation has built its capacity to monitor and manage the health of mangrove ecosystems within the Port … Read More
Decision-makers involved in the Australian government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) saw the recovery of corals on the Great Barrier Reef first-hand last week courtesy of a local tourism operator. … Read More
The June edition of “View on TWQ” is now online and can be found here.
The eAtlas is an online repository for information on northern Australia’s tropical and marine environments. The eAtlas, which is currently supported by the Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub, hosts over … Read More
After heavy rains in northern Queensland during February, the Burdekin River released a large plume of sediment-laden floodwater out to the midshelf Great Barrier Reef, an event which received major … Read More
A review of coral restoration methods by Tropical Water Quality Hub researchers has helped set the parameters for one of the world’s most high-profile challenges with millions of dollars up … Read More
The Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ) Hub has helped Jaragun NRM, an Aboriginal small business south of Cairns, demonstrate the effectiveness of their Babinda Swamp Constructed Wetland project. The project … Read More
Innovative approaches to analyzing cumulative impact on the health of the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystems by the Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub are providing key underpinning information for Great Barrier … Read More
Research on the levels of light needed to sustain seagrass communities is being applied in infrastructure development in rapidly-growing coastal communities in Australia’s north. Seagrass meadows are a vital yet … Read More
In 2012, in an effort to combat invasive plant species on wetlands on their Country near Ingham, Mungalla Aboriginal Corporation, owned by the Nywaigi Traditional Owners, removed an earthen bund … Read More
A constructed wetland project in Far North Queensland is more effectively improving quality of the water heading out to the Great Barrier Reef thanks to its involvement with Tropical Water … Read More
Australians help science by identifying what truly makes the Great Barrier Reef ‘beautiful’. Environmental managers of the Great Barrier Reef will benefit from new research led by CSIRO that identifies … Read More
Major flood events in North Queensland (such as those that recently hit Townsville and other communities) can send massive flood plumes out toward the Great Barrier Reef. These flood plumes … Read More
The fifth round of Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub research projects builds on successful world-class research on factors affecting water quality in Australia’s northern marine ecosystems, including the Great Barrier … Read More
Reports that Irukandji jellyfish might be moving south may be panicking people unnecessarily. It’s almost impossible to tell where the tiny jellyfish are along our coast, but that could change … Read More
Hello and Happy New Year from the NESP TWQ Hub! The first “View on TWQ” for 2019 is now online and can be found here.
James Cook University researchers are assessing how much conservation value can be gained from a simple fence. Dr Nathan Waltham from JCU’s Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research … Read More
Hello from the NESP TWQ Hub! The latest Hub news is now online and can be found in the May 2018 edition of “View on TWQ”.
Dr Yvette Everingham from the National Environmental Science Program and Steve Attard from Agritech Solutions show cane farmers from across Queensland around the Internet of Things demonstration paddock at James … Read More
Find out what’s going on within the Hub in the October edition of “View on TWQ”, online to view now.
Social media posts, such as this image uploaded to Flickr, can be repurposed for reef health monitoring. Sarah Ackerman/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY Susanne Becken, Griffith University; Bela Stantic, … Read More
Hello from the NESP TWQ Hub! The latest Hub news is now online and can be found in the July edition of “View on TWQ”.
Catch up with the latest Hub news in the March edition of “View on TWQ”, which is online now.
The December edition of “View From TWQ” is now online. Read more
Stephen Lewis’s project “An examination of the ability of coral geochemical records to reconstruct suspended sediment loads to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon” (Project 1.3), has now produced its Final … Read More
Monitoring and improving water quality in the runoff of sugar cane catchments in Far North Queensland is critical to protecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
Andrew Brooks’s project “Reducing sediment sources to the Reef: testing the effectiveness of managing alluvial gully erosion” (Project 1.7), has now produced its Final Report and can be viewed here. … Read More
Helene Marsh’s project “Improving historical estimates of abundance and distribution of dugongs and large green turtles in western and central Torres Strait” (Project 3.2), has now produced two Final Reports. … Read More
Aaron Davis’s project “Sub-catchment scale monitoring, modelling and extension design to support reef water quality improvement” (Project 1.8), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If … Read More
The Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub, established under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), is calling for proposals for research projects. We are seeking proposals for projects of up to … Read More
Among the increasing sums of money being pledged to help save the Great Barrier Reef is a federal government pledge to spend A$40 millionon improving water quality. The Queensland government has … Read More
Allan Dale’s project “Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks facing the GBR” (Project 3.11), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to … Read More
Geoff Jones’s project “ Assessing the cumulative impacts of climatic disturbances on inshore GBR coral reefs, identifying key refuges and testing the viability of manipulative reef restoration” (Project 2.1), has … Read More
Melissa George and Ro Hill’s project “Indigenous capacity building and increased participation in management of Queensland sea country” (Project 3.9), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed … Read More
Sven Uthicke’s project “Multiple and cumulative impacts on the GBR: assessment of current status and development of improved approaches for management” (Project 1.6), has now produced it’s Final Report, and … Read More
Frederieke Kroon’s project “Identification, impacts, and prioritization of emerging contaminants present in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait marine environments” (Project 1.10), has now produced it’s Final Report, and … Read More
Michael Rasheed’s project “Assessment of key dugong and turtle seagrass resources in the northern Torres Strait” (Project 3.5), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If … Read More
David Westcott’s project “Establishing the future NESP CoTS research framework including an ecologically-based approach to the management of CoTS at multiple scales” (Project 1.1), has now produced it’s Final Report, … Read More
Rebecca Bartley’s project “Developing an approach to evaluate the effectiveness of investments in riparian management in the GBR catchments” (Project 1.2), has now produced it’s Final Reports, Part A can … Read More
Catherine Collier’s project “Light thresholds for seagrasses of the GBR: a synthesis and guiding document for managing seagrass” (Project 3.3), has now produced it’s Final Report and can be viewed … Read More
Jim Smart’s project “A tradable permit scheme for cost-effective reduction of nitrogen runoff in the sugarcane catchments of the Great Barrier Reef” (Project 2.2), has now produced it’s Final Report … Read More
John Rolfe’s project “Benchmarking costs of improving agricultural water management in GBR catchments” (Project 3.10), has now produced it’s Final Report and can be viewed here. If you want to … Read More
Catherine Collier’s project “Developing and refining biological indicators for seagrass condition assessments in an integrated monitoring program” (Project 3.4), has now produced it’s Final Report and can be viewed here. … Read More
The Tropical Water Quality Hub’s diverse Steering Committee gives it a unique advantage. The quality of Australia’s tropical marine environments is critical to the health of natural icons like the … Read More
Read the full media release by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP about new Government funding of $4.8 to tackle gully erosion in Great Barrier Reef catchments here
Scientists say the federal and Queensland governments will not meet their international commitments aimed at rescuing the Great Barrier Reef unless they urgently tackle soil run-off. Dr Andrew Brooks from … Read More
Our team from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute has identified thousands of hectares of rapidly eroding gullies in the rivers that feed fine sediment into the waters of the ailing … Read More
Read the full media release by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP and The Hon. Warren Entsch MP about the launch of the Australian Government funded NESP TWQ Hub here
Today the NESP TWQ Hub was officially launched by the Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister of the Environment at the Deeral Boat Landing. Amongst those also in attendance were the Hon. Warren Entsch, Member … Read More
Applications for NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub multi-year research proposals are open from 14 September 2015. The following documents should be referred to in completing a funding application proposal: Tropical … Read More