Estuaries are among the most fertile and productive environments in the world, and their diverse range of physical habitats support many plant and animal species.
Scientific understanding of catchment and estuarine condition, threats and the interventions required to make a difference are key to effective management of estuaries and their catchments.
As part of the Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI), we monitor water quality within freshwater rivers and streams, and estuaries to understand pressures from land uses.
Understanding the presence, abundance and species of algae and seagrasses also helps us understand how healthy our estuaries are.
The data collected from the monitoring program allows our modelling team to build hydrological catchment and estuarine models that can be used to predict the response of the catchment or estuary to a range of management actions.