What impact did the nq floods have on our reef?
North Queensland’s unprecedented rain event earlier this year had the world watching in amazement as the Townsville area endured its wettest wet season. We saw people and property impacted by the floods, and inland we saw devastation to cattle properties and livestock. But with all of this excess water, how was the Great Barrier Reef impacted?
In their Citizens Circular monthly update for February, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef let us know that the impacts to the reef, while severe, were localised to the flood affected regions in the central GBR and were not impacting the entire GBR which is an incredible 2,300km long. There was a fine sediment plume, identified via satellite imagery and imagery from JCU’s TropWATER and NQ Dry Tropics NRM. The good news? Higher than usual rainfall during the wet season has kept air and sea surface temperatures down, reducing the probability of another coral bleaching event.
Higher than usual rainfall during the wet season has kept air and sea surface down, reducing the probability of another coral bleaching event.
Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef does an incredible job of keeping us informed about the status of our reef. What the threats are, how the citizens of the GBR are collectively taking action, and beautiful insights into the lives of the many wonderous creatures that exist in the GBR. If you’re not following them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or following Citizens CEO Andy Ridley on Linkedin – do it now!
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