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An ecohydrological model of the Great Barrier Reef
Wolanski, E.; Brinkman, R.; Spagnol, S.; McAllister, F.; Marshall, K.; McCook, L.; Done, T.J.; Lough, J.; Deleersnijder, E. (2002). An ecohydrological model of the Great Barrier Reef, in: Proceedings of the 4th Queensland Environmental Conference (30-31 May 2002, Brisbane). pp. 145-150
In: (2002). Proceedings of the 4th Queensland Environmental Conference (30-31 May 2002, Brisbane). Institution of Engineers Australia: Brisbane. 1 cd pp., more

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 114338 [ OMA ]
Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Algae; Anthropogenic factors; Coral reefs; Modelling; ISEW, Great Barrier Reef [Marine Regions]; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Wolanski, E., more
  • Brinkman, R.
  • Spagnol, S.
  • McAllister, F.
  • Marshall, K.
  • McCook, L.
  • Done, T.J.
  • Lough, J.
  • Deleersnijder, E., more

Abstract
    The major components of an ecohydrological model of the Great Barner Reef, Australia, are described; the model predicts the health of individual coral reefs in a 400 km long domain extending from the Whitsunday Islands in the South to Lizard Island in the North. Reef health is parameterised by the spatial cover of algae and hard coral. The model incorporates hydrology, oceanography, meteorology and ecology. The calibrated model could be used to test the implications of various scenarios for increased disturbances due to climate change, or changes in management practice (e.g. improved water quality, increased abundance of herbivorous fishes).

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