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    Marine Water Quality Dashboard

    Timelyaccesstowaterqualityinformationisessentialtomaintainavibrantandhealthyreefecosystem.TheMarineWaterQualityDashboardprovidesthisinformationtoreefstakeholders.

    What is the Dashboard?TheMarineWaterQualityDashboardisatooltoaccessandvisualisearangeofwaterqualityindicatorsfortheGreatBarrierReef.

    What does it include?TheDashboardenablesaccesstonearreal-timedataonseasurfacetemperatures,chlorophylllevels,sedimentsandlightfortheentireGreatBarrierReefandsupplementsexistingdatameasurements.

    DatafromtheDashboardcanbedisplayedindifferentformatsordownloadedfromthewebforfurtheranalysisandinterpretation.

    Who can use the Dashboard?AnyonecanusetheMarineWaterQualityDashboardgovernmentagencies,reefmanagers,policymakers,researchers,industryandlocalcommunities.

    TheDashboardprovidesaccesstoovertenyearsofwaterqualityinformationtoidentifychangesovertime,aswellasup-to-dateassessmentsofthelikelihoodofcoralbleachingeventsortheimpactofsedimentplumesfromlargerainfallevents.

    How does it work?TheBureauofMeteorologyreceivesdailysatelliteinformationaboutthefrequencyoflightwhichenablesthewatercolourandtheseasurfacetemperaturetobedeterminedfortheGreatBarrierReef.

    Bycomparingthecolourofthewatertomeasurementsofsediments,chlorophyllanddissolvedorganicmatter,relationshipsaremadebetweensatelliteimageryandtheactualwaterinthereef.

    Why is this important?Thetemperatureoftheseasurfaceisanimportantenvironmentalindicator.Itcanbeusedtoassistdecision-makingwherewatertemperatureisamajorfactorinfluencingoperationsonorneartheoceanssurface,orwhereitcanbeusedtoinferpropertiesoftheoceanenvironmentjustbelowthesurface.

    Aspecificexampleisinhelpingtopredictandrespondtocoralbleachingevents.

    Informationabouttheamountoflightinthewaterandtheconcentrationsofchlorophyllandsedimentsareimportantformanagingseagrassbedsandtheproductionoflargealgaethatmaycompetewithcoralforspaceonthereef.

    An example image from the Dashboard showing chlorophyll concentration values for the 2013 wet season.

  • CommonwealthofAustralia,October2014 2

    A collaborative projectTheDashboardhasbeendevelopedthroughcollaborationbetweentheAustralianInstituteofMarineScience,BureauofMeteorology,CSIRO,GreatBarrierReefFoundationandtheQueenslandGovernment.

    TheDashboardisdeliveredaspartofeReefs,aprojectthatiscontributingtothesustainabilityoftheGreatBarrierReef.eReefscommencedin

    January2012andformsasignificantstepinbuildingacomprehensivecoastalinformationsystemforAustralia.

    For more informationForfurtherinformationabouttheMarineWaterQualityDashboard,visit:www.bom.gov.au/marinewaterquality/orcontactenvironment@bom.gov.au

    An example image showing non-algal particulate concentration values at 20 km scale.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/marinewaterquality/

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