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Hydrodynamic and Ecological Study of a Sub-tropical Estuary in Queensland

By Hubert Chanson, Richard Brown and John Ferris

Abstract

A series of detailed multi-disciplinary field studies was conducted in a small subtropical creek in Eastern Australia. Hydrodynamic and ecological measurements were conducted simultaneously in the river mouth to assess the complexity of the estuarine system, and the interactions between hydraulic engineering, environmental issues, biology and ecology. The results provide unique and original snapshots of subtropical creek system, and the methodology set new standards for comprehensive surveys of small estuaries in sub-tropical zone. A key fea-ture of the field studies was the contrasted outcomes, and the results impact on the selection of "key indicators" (?). Fauna observations showed strong bird and fish activities. But, other re-sults demonstrated on-going pollution

Topics: 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), 050302 Land Capability and Soil Degradation, 090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling, 091508 Turbulent Flows, 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified, 090500 CIVIL ENGINEERING, 040608 Surfacewater Hydrology, 100000 TECHNOLOGY, 090700 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, 099902 Engineering Instrumentation, 091500 INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING, 050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified, 099900 OTHER ENGINEERING, 090508 Water Quality Engineering, 060200 ECOLOGY, 039901 Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry), 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified, Turbulent mixing, hydrodynamics, ecology, sub, tropical estuary, Eastern Australia, field observations, turbulence, physio, chemistry, fish
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:10319
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