Resilience of Moreton Bay to climate change: Links between nutrient inputs and plankton dynamics (2009–2011)

The health of bays globally is increasingly threatened by eutrophication and climate change. Moreton Bay is an area of outstanding natural and socio-economic value with a burgeoning population. Projections of more intense cyclones coupled with lower average rainfall will cause ephemeral pulses of sediment and nutrients. To future-proof the health of Moreton Bay it is critical we understand the relationship between nutrient cycling and plankton. We will implement a field programme to quantify relationships among nutrients, sediment and plankton. This conceptual understanding will support development of a simple, dynamic model to assess the resilience of plankton to future human-induced changes.'',
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council