A Field Investigation into the Groundwater Dynamics of Raine Island

Guard, Paul, McPherson, Kylie and Mohoupt, John (2008) A Field Investigation into the Groundwater Dynamics of Raine Island. Hydraulic Model Report CH 67/08, Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Guard, Paul
McPherson, Kylie
Mohoupt, John
Title A Field Investigation into the Groundwater Dynamics of Raine Island
School, Department or Centre Civil Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Report Number 67/08
Series Hydraulic Model Report CH
Publication date 2008-03-03
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher The University of Queensland, Division of Civil Engineering
Editor Hubert Chanson
Language eng
Subject 290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering
Abstract/Summary Raine Island is the nesting site for the world’s largest remaining population of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the most significant seabird rookery in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Surveys of turtle nesting conducted by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have indicated that the nesting success rate may be reduced due to flooding of the nests by groundwater. An expedition to the island in November-December 2006 was undertaken to investigate the beach groundwater dynamics. The field data was analysed and used to develop a simple mathematical model of the watertable response to tidal oscillations. The groundwater data was combined with sand surface survey data to enable the estimation of the depth of sand available for green turtle nesting above the high tide inundation level.
Keyword Raine Island
Green turtle
Chelonia Mydas
Additional Notes ISBN: 9781864999075 Place of Publication: St. Lucia, Qld.

Document type: Department Technical Report
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
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Created: Mon, 03 Mar 2008, 12:13:13 EST by Mr Paul Guard on behalf of School of Civil Engineering