Healthy estuaries

This project assessed the effects of different land-based development pressures on the assets and values of northern estuarine ecosystems.  Research first focused on the effects of urban development in Darwin Harbour.  The second part of the project focused on the effects of agriculture and potential water resource development in the southern estuaries of the Gulf of Carpentaria.  In particular, young prawns living in the estuary were studied.

Primary production and nutrients in a tropical macrotidal estuary, Darwin Harbour, Australia

Burford, Alongi, Mckinnon, & Trott. 2008. Primary production and nutrients in a tropical macrotidal estuary, Darwin Harbour, Australia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 79(3), 440-448. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2008.04.018

Effect of nutrient loading on biogeochemical processes in tropical tidal creeks

Smith, J., Burford, M., Revill, A., Haese, A., & Fortune, T. (2012). Effect of nutrient loading on biogeochemical processes in tropical tidal creeks. Biogeochemistry, 108(1), 359-380. doi: 10.1007/s10533-011-9605-z

Effect of sewage nutrients on algal production, biomass and pigments in tropical tidal creeks

Burford, Revill, Smith, & Clementson. (2012). Effect of sewage nutrients on algal production, biomass and pigments in tropical tidal creeks. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64(12), 2671-2680. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.10.008

The project was carried out by a team of researchers from Griffith University, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Government, Geoscience Australia, Australian Institute of Marine Science and CSIRO.

The project team worked closely with commercial fishing companies in the Gulf who contributed resources and local knowledge.

Michele Burford from Griffith University was the project leader.