Recent R&D has integrated satellite time-series and high resolution imagery with roadside land condition assessments to build valuable cover and condition monitoring data sets. These data sets have been compiled across the two largest Reef catchments - the Burdekin and Fitzroy Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions, and enjoyed extensive uptake by NRM planners and landholders alike.
However there is significant scope to improve ground cover monitoring by refinement and robust validation of these products, and provision of better access and training for their users (land mangers and agency operatives). The project addresses the need for these improvements.
PROGRESS UPDATES are summarised here
The study area includes the full extent of the FBA and NQDT regions, including over 1000 field assessment sites.
The Research Outcomes Report for RRRD027 is available for download via the Final Report page. This report should be cited as:
Beutel, T.S., Tindall, D., Denham, R., Trevithick, R., Scarth, P. Abbott, B and Holloway, C. (2014). Getting ground cover right: thresholds and baselines for a healthier reef. Report to the Reef Rescue Research and Development Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (64pp.). ISBN: 978-1-925088-20-5.
Several presentations have been delivered to summarise the project results at Reef Rescue R&D forums; visit the Events page for further information.
Star, M., Rolfe, J., Donaghy, P., Beutel, T., Whish, G., Abbott, B. (2012). Targeting resource investments to achieve sediment reduction and improved Great Barrier Reef health. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 180, 148-156.
Bastin, G., Scarth, P., Chewings, Sparrow, A., Denham, R., Schmidt, M., O'Reagain, P., Shepherd, R., and Abbott, B. (2012). Separating grazing and rainfall effects at regional scale using remote sensing imagery: A dynamic reference-cover method. Remote Sensing of Environment, 121, 443–457.