Automating online reef report cards: linking land management practices to water quality and coral reef ecosystem health

Hunter, Jane, Gebers, Andre and Dettrick, Tim (2013). Automating online reef report cards: linking land management practices to water quality and coral reef ecosystem health. In: Michail Salampasis and Alexandros Theodoridis, 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment (HAICTA 2013). Proceedings. HAICTA 2013: 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment, Corfu Island, Greece, (183-191). 19-22 September, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.protcy.2013.11.026


Author Hunter, Jane
Gebers, Andre
Dettrick, Tim
Title of paper Automating online reef report cards: linking land management practices to water quality and coral reef ecosystem health
Conference name HAICTA 2013: 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment
Conference location Corfu Island, Greece
Conference dates 19-22 September, 2013
Proceedings title 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment (HAICTA 2013). Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Procedia Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/j.protcy.2013.11.026
Open Access Status DOI
ISSN 2212-0173
Editor Michail Salampasis
Alexandros Theodoridis
Volume 8
Start page 183
End page 191
Total pages 9
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper describes an online information management system (AORRA) that we are developing for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF), in collaboration with State and Federal agencies in Australia, to automate the production and online publication of annual Reef Plan Report Cards. The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan is a collaborative program designed to improve the quality of water in the Great Barrier Reef through improved land management practices in reef catchments. The Reef Plan sets ambitious but achievable targets for water quality and land management improvements, and identifies actions to improve the quality of water entering the reef. The success of the plan is measured through Paddock to Reef and Marine Monitoring Programs and annual Reef Plan Report Cards that integrate information and report on land management practices, catchment indicators, water quality loads and the health of the Great Barrier Reef. This paper describes the technical challenges we faced in developing AORRA (Automated Online Reef Reporting Application) – including the integration of heterogeneous monitoring datasets, the derivation of meaningful indicators and the generation of report card products that data about complex spatio-temporal environmental processes to a non-technical audience.
Keyword Environmental monitoring
Reef
Water quality
Land management
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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