Reef 2050: Locals Star in New Videos

April 15, 2019

The Great Barrier Reef is the size of Italy so trying to understand an ecosystem this large and how well Australia is progressing towards its Reef 2050 targets is a complex job. However, a new series of videos starring two Mulgrave cane farmers aims to show just how it’s done.

There is a huge amount of money and effort being invested in reef water quality projects to reduce the flow of excess sediment, nutrients and pesticides to the Reef. We need accurate information to help us assess whether these changes are working and to help us plan and prioritise future projects and services.  

For several years this information has been coming from the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting program (P2R) – a world leading scientific program funded by the Australian and Queensland governments that links on-ground practice changes by farmers to measurable improvements in water quality flowing to the Reef. 

Since 2009 the program has improved and expanded so there are now 43 monitoring sites across 20 priority catchments. However, because the Reef is so large it would be impossible to monitor it in its entirety, so scientists also use modelling to give us an understanding about cause and effect. This allows us to assess whether land-based changes are having the desired effect on water quality entering the Reef. Modelling also enables changes to be detected much earlier.

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