This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub scoping study - "Research needs for assessment and monitoring of nutrients, chemicals and antimicrobials in the marine environment". For specific data outputs from this project, please see child records associated with this metadata.
Water quality can be impacted by a large suite of chemical and microbiological contaminants introduced from a variety of sources. There are a number of emerging contaminants and broad ranges of point sources, including a variety of chemical (e.g. heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, nutrients) and microbiological (e.g. pathogens, antibiotic resistant microbes) contaminants that are discharged in sewage, stormwater, estuarine flows and industrial wastes. This project will involve a desktop scoping study to collate relevant datasets and current water quality monitoring goals and activities; engage with key stakeholders through workshops, interviews, and surveys to further define priorities; and conduct a risk assessment to assess impacts to marine and coastal water quality. This project will deliver a clear framework for highlighting knowledge gaps, future research directions and water quality management priorities.
• Final technical report with analysed data, including survey outcomes and a short summary of recommendations for policy makers of key findings [written]
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Maintenance and Update Frequency: asNeeded
Martina Doblin (UTS/SIMS), Peter Scanes (NSW DPIE), Justin Seymour (UTS), Jamie Potts (NSW DPIE), Andy Fischer (UTAS)
National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Marine and Coastal Hub
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), Australian Government
In addition to NESP (DAWE) funding, this project is matched by an equivalent amount of in-kind support and co-investment from project partners and collaborators.
To identify knowledge and data gaps pertaining to coastal and ocean water quality, by defining the key established and emerging chemical and microbiological water contaminants within Australian marine environments and their relative threats. This will inform decisions for prioritising research and water quality management foci.