Monitoring water quality

Monitoring water quality with the help of local residents. photo: AIMS

AIMS is working towards the goal of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (known as the Reef Plan) that by 2020 water entering the Great Barrier Reef from adjacent catchments does not detrimentally affect the health or resilience of the Reef.

The water quality of the inshore reef is strongly influenced by land runoff, which can deliver substantial amounts of suspended sediment, nutrients and contaminants.

AIMS monitors changes in lagoon water quality and Reef health against established baselines and guidelines within two programs:

  • inshore water quality monitoring of water column temperature, salinity, turbidity, and nutrient, carbon, chlorophyll and suspended sediment concentrations under the Reef Plan Marine Monitoring Progam
  • mid-shelf and offshore monitoring as part of the Queensland node (Q-IMOS) of the nationwide Integrated Marine Observing System.

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