NESP TWQ Hub Publications

Project 1.1 - Establishing the future NESP CoTS research framework including an ecologically-based approach to the management of CoTS at multiple scales

Dr David Westcott, CSIRO

Final Report

Westcott, D.A., Fletcher, C. S, Babcock, R. and Plaganyi-Lloyd, E. (2016) A Strategy to Link Research and Management of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish on the Great Barrier Reef: An Integrated Pest Management Approach. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (80pp.).


Project 1.2 - Developing an approach to evaluate the effectiveness of investments in riparian management in the GBR catchments

Dr Rebecca Bartley, CSIRO

Final Report - Part A

Bartley, R., Philip, S., Henderson, A.E. and Tindall, D. (2016) Investing in riparian zone management to reduce erosion from stream channels: how do we evaluate success? Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (54pp.).

Final Report - Part B

Bartley, R., Goodwin, N., Henderson, A.E., Hawdon, A., Tindall, D., Wilkinson, S.N. and Baker, B. (2016) A comparison of tools for monitoring and evaluating channel change. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (29pp.).


Project 1.3 - A validation of coral geochemical records to reconstruct suspended sediment loads to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon

Dr Stephen Lewis, JCU

Final Report

Lewis, S. E., Lough, J. M., Cantin, N., Matson, E. Kinsley, L. and Brodie, J. E. (2016) An examination of the ability of coral geochemical records to reconstruct suspended sediment loads to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (20pp.).


Project 1.5 - Legacy of the Lower Burdekin Water Quality Tender

Prof Romy Greiner, JCU

Final Report

Greiner, R. (2015) Ex-post evaluation of an environmental auction: Legacy of the 2008 Lower Burdekin Water Quality Tender. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (46pp.).


Project 1.6 - Multiple and cumulative impacts on the GBR: assessment of current status and development of improved approaches for management

Dr Sven Uthicke, AIMS

Final Report

Uthicke, S., Fabricius, K., De’ath, G., Negri, A., Warne, M., Smith, R., Noonan, S., Johansson, C., Gorsuch, H. and Anthony, K. (2016) Multiple and cumulative impacts on the GBR: assessment of current status and development of improved approaches for management: Final Report Project 1.6. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (144pp.).


Project 1.7 - Reducing sediment sources to the Reef: testing the effectiveness of managing alluvial gully erosion

Dr Andrew Brooks, GU

Final Report

Brooks, A., Spencer, J., Curwen, G, Shellberg, J., Garzon-Garcia, A, Burton, J. and Iwashita, F. (2016) Reducing sediment sources to the Reef: Managing alluvial gully erosion. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (375pp.).


Project 1.8 - Sub-catchment scale monitoring, modelling and extension design to support reef water quality improvement

Dr Aaron Davis, JCU

Final Report

Davis, A.M. and Waterhouse, J. (2016) Sub-catchment scale monitoring, modelling and extension design to support reef water quality improvement in sugarcane catchments: NESP Project 1.8. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (117pp.).


Project 1.9 - The establishment of a future NESP dredging research investment framework

Dr Britta Schaffelke, AIMS

Final Report

Schaffelke, B., Brinkman, R., Dobbs, K., Jones, R., Kane, K., Negri, A. and Rasheed, M. (2016) The establishment of a future NESP dredging research investment framework: NESP TWQ Hub Project 1.9. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (22pp.).


Project 1.10 - Identification, impacts, and prioritization of emerging contaminants present in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait marine environments

Dr Frederieke Kroon, AIMS

Final Report

Kroon, F.J., Berry, K.L.E., Brinkman, D.L., Davis, A., King, O., Kookana, R., Lewis, S., Leusch, F., Makarynskyy, O., Melvin, S., Müller, J., Neale, P., Negri, A., O’Brien, D., Puotinen, M., Smith, R., Tsang, J., van de Merwe, J., Warne, M. and Williams, M. (2015) Identification, impacts, and prioritisation of emerging contaminants present in the GBR and Torres Strait marine environments. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (138pp.).


Project 2.1 - Assessing the cumulative impacts of climatic disturbances on inshore GBR coral reefs, identifying key refuges and testing the viability of manipulative reef restoration

Prof Geoff Jones, JCU

Final Report

Williamson, D.H., Ceccarelli, D. M., Rossetti, G., Russ, G. R. and Jones, G. P. (2016) Assessing the cumulative impacts of climatic disturbances on coral reefs in the Keppel Islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (65pp.).


Project 2.2 - A tradable permit scheme for cost effective reduction of nitrogen runoff in the sugarcane catchments of the Great Barrier Reef

Dr Jim Smart, GU

Final Report

Smart, J. B., Hasan, S., Volders, A., Curwen, G., Fleming, C. and Burford, M. (2016) A tradable permit scheme for cost-effective reduction of nitrogen runoff in the sugarcane catchments of the Great Barrier Reef. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (75pp.).


Project 3.1 - Seagrass mapping synthesis – A resource for marine park and coastal management

Dr Rob Coles, JCU

Final Report

Carter, A. B., McKenna, S. A., Rasheed, M. A., McKenzie L. and Coles R. G. (2016) Seagrass mapping synthesis: A resource for coastal management in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (22pp.).


Project 3.2 - Improving historical estimates of abundance and distribution of dugongs and large green turtles in western and central Torres Strait

Prof Helene Marsh, JCU

Final Report 1

Cleguer, C., Preston, S., Hagihara, R., Shimada, T., Udyawer, V., Hamann, M., Simpson, S., Loban, F., Bowie, G., Fujii, R. and Marsh, H. (2016) Working with the community to understand use of space by dugongs and green turtles in Torres Strait: A project in collaboration with the Mura Badulgal Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (62pp.).

Final Report 2

Hagihara, R., Cleguer, C., Preston, S., Sobtzick, S., Hamann, M., Shimada, T. and Marsh, H. (2016) Improving the estimates of abundance of dugongs and large immature and adult-sized green turtles in Western and Central Torres Strait. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (53pp.).


Project 3.3 - Light thresholds for seagrasses of the GBR: a synthesis and guiding document for managing seagrass

Dr Catherine Collier, JCU

Final Report

Collier, C.J., Chartrand, K., Honchin, C., Fletcher, A. and Rasheed, M. (2016) Light thresholds for seagrasses of the GBR: a synthesis and guiding document. Including knowledge gaps and future priorities. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (41pp.).


Project 3.4 - Developing and refining biological indicators for seagrass condition assessments in an integrated monitoring program

Dr Catherine Collier, JCU

Final Report

Collier, C.J., Langlois, L. Zemoi, R.,Martin, K. and McKenzie, L. (2016) Developing and refining biological indicators for condition assessments in an integrated monitoring program. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (31pp.).


Project 3.5 - Assessment of key dugong and turtle seagrass resources in the northern Torres Strait

Dr Michael Rasheed, JCU

Final Report

Carter, A. B. and Rasheed, M. A. (2016) Assessment of Key Dugong and Turtle Seagrass Resources in North-west Torres Strait. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme and Torres Strait Regional Authority. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (41pp.).


Project 3.6 - Establishing a research framework for future NESP investment into better understanding of the presence of Box-Jellyfishes (Irukandji) and risks in the Great Barrier Reef

Prof Mike Kingsford, JCU

Final Report

Kingsford, M.J., Pitt, K., Llewellyn, L., O’Callaghan, M.D., Seymour, J. and Richardson, A. (2016) Project 3.6: Establishing a research framework for future NESP investment into better understanding of the presence of box-jellyfishes (Irukandji) and risks in the Great Barrier Reef. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (42pp.).


Project 3.7 - Monitoring the effects of zoning on coral reefs and their associated fish communities in the GBR Marine Park

Dr Hugh Sweatman, AIMS

Final Report

Sweatman, H., Cheal, A., Emslie, M., Johns, K., Jonker M., Miller, I. and Osborne, K. (2015) Effects of marine park zoning on coral reefs of the Capricorn-Bunker Group – Report on surveys in October 2015. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (15pp.).


Project 3.8 - Towards an integrated monitoring program: identifying indicators and existing monitoring programs to cost-effectively evaluate the Long Term Sustainability Plan

Dr Prue Addison, AIMS

Final Report

Addison, P., Walshe, T., Sweatman, H., Jonker, M., MacNeil, A., Thompson, A. and Logan, M. (2015) Towards an integrated monitoring program: Identifying indicators and existing monitoring programs to effectively evaluate the Long Term Sustainability Plan. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (118pp.).


Project 3.9 - Indigenous capacity building and increased participation in management of Queensland sea country

Melissa George, AIMS & Ro Hill CSIRO

Final Report

Dale, A., George, M., Hill, R. and Fraser, D. (2016) Traditional Owners and Sea Country in the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Which Way Forward? Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (50pp.).


Project 3.10 - Benchmarking costs of NRM improvements for the GBR

Prof John Rolfe, CQU

Final Report

Rolfe, J. and Windle, J. (2016) Benchmarking costs of improving agricultural water management in GBR catchments. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (52pp.).


Project 3.11 - Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks facing the GBR

Prof Allan Dale, JCU

Final Report

Dale, A.P., Vella, K., Pressey, R.L., Brodie, J., Gooch, M., Potts, R. and Eberhard, R. (2016) Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks facing the GBR: Final report. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (20pp.).


Project 3.12 - Development of an offset financial contribution calculator for Reef Trust

Assoc Prof Martine Maron, UQ

Final Report

Maron, M., Walsh, M., Shumway, N. and Brodie, J. (2016) Reef Trust Offsets Calculator: A prototype calculation approach for determining financial liability for marine biodiversity offsets voluntarily delivered through the Australian Government Department of the Environment (Reef Trust). Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (74pp.).


Project 3.13 - eAtlas 2015 – NESP data management, Torres Strait NRM plan delivery platform and Torres Strait reef mapping

Dr Eric Lawrey, AIMS

Final Report 1

Lawrey, E. P. and Stewart, M. (2016) Mapping the Torres Strait Reef and Island Features: Extending the GBR Features (GBRMPA) dataset. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (103pp.).

Final Report 2

Lafond, G. and Lawrey, E. (2016) Highlights of the National Environmental Research Program Tropical Ecosystems (NERP TE) Hub datasets: eAtlas Metadata Catalogue 2011-2014. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (47pp.).


Project 2.1.2 - Scoping options for low-lying, marginal cane land to reduce DIN in priority wet tropics catchments

Dr Nathan Waltham, JCU

Final Report

Waltham, N. J., Wegscheidl, C. J., Smart, J. C. R., Volders, A., Hasan, S. and Waterhouse, J. (2017) Scoping land conversion options for high DIN risk, low-lying sugarcane, to alternative use for water quality improvement in Wet Tropics catchments. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (142pp.).


Project 2.3.2 - ‘Human sensors’ for monitoring GBR environmental changes and quality of marine waters through harnessing Big Data analysis

Prof Susanne Becken, GU

Final Report

Becken, S., Reza Alaei, A., Chen, J., Connolly, R. and Stantic, B. (2017) The role of social media in sharing information about the Great Barrier Reef. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (39pp.).


Project 2.3.3 - Building Indigenous livelihood and comanagement opportunities in the northern GBR-ecosystem services and conservation governance for water quality

Dr Marcus Barber, CSIRO

Final Report

Barber, M., Dale, A., Pearse, R., Perry, J., Winer, M., Jaffer, T. and Creek, D. (2017) Community-based evaluation, governance, and strategic planning for Indigenous Ecosystem Services in Eastern Cape York Peninsula. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (93pp.).


Project 3.1.3 - Harnessing the science of social marketing in communication materials development and behaviour change for improved water quality in the GBR: a desktop review (Project 2.1.3 – Stage 2)

Prof Lynne Eagle, JCU

Final Report

Hay, R., Eagle, L. and Chan, J. (2018) Harnessing the science of social marketing and behaviour change for improved water quality in the Great Barrier Reef: Final report best practice guide for development and modification of program communication material. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (69pp.).


Project 3.1.4 - Optimizing the management of riparian zones to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef

Dr Keryn Paul, CSIRO

Final Report

Paul, K.I., Bartley, R., Larmour, J.S., Davies, M.J., Crawford, D., Westley, S., Dryden, B. and James, C.S. (2018) Optimising the management of riparian zones to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (79pp.).


Project 3.2.2 - The IMS 2050 Human Dimensions Project: cost-effective Indicators and metrics for key GBRWHA human dimensions

Prof Allan Dale, JCU

Final Report - Burdekin

Gooch, M., Dale, A., Marshall, N. and Vella, K. (2018) Assessing the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef: A Burdekin Region focus. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (58pp.).

Final Report - Burnett Mary

Gooch, M., Dale, A., Marshall, N. and Vella, K. (2018) Assessing the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef: A Burnett-Mary Region focus. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (50pp.).

Final Report - Eastern Cape York

Gooch, M., Dale, A., Marshall, N. and Vella, K. (2018) Assessing the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef: An Eastern Cape York Region focus. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (47pp.).

Final Report - Fitzroy

Gooch, M., Dale, A.P., Marshall, N. and Vella, K. (2018) Assessing the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef: A Fitzroy Region focus. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (61pp.).

Final Report - Mackay Whitsunday

Gooch, M., Dale, A., Marshall, N. and Vella, K. (2018) Assessing the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef: A Mackay-Whitsunday Region focus. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (52pp.).

Final Report - Wet Tropics

Gooch, M., Dale, A., Marshall, N. and Vella, K. (2018) Assessing the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef: A Wet Tropics Region focus. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (61pp.).

Final Report - Summary

Gooch, M., Marshall, N., Dale, A. and Vella, K. (2018) NESP Project 3.2.2 Final Report: Trialling an Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Human Dimensions of the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (97pp.).


Project 3.2.3 - Monitoring aesthetic value of the Great Barrier Reef by using artificial intelligence to score photos and videos

Prof Susanne Becken, GU

Final Report

Becken, S., Connolly, R., Bela Stantic, B., Scott, N., Mandal, R. and Le, D. (2017) Monitoring aesthetic value of the Great Barrier Reef by using innovative technologies and artificial intelligence. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (48pp.).


Project 3.2.4 - Defining, assessing and monitoring Great Barrier Reef aesthetics

Dr Nadine Marshall, CSIRO

Final Report

Marshall, N.A., Marshall, P.A. and Smith, A.K. (2017) Managing for Aesthetic Values in the Great Barrier Reef: Identifying indicators and linking Reef Aesthetics with Reef Health. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (102pp.).


Project 3.2.5 - Testing and implementation of the water quality metric for the 2017 and 2018 reef report cards

Dr Britta Schaffelke, AIMS

Final Report

Robillot, C., Logan, M., Baird, M., Waterhouse J., Martin, K. and Schaffelke, B. (2018) Testing and implementation of an improved water quality index for the 2016 and 2017 Great Barrier Reef Report Cards – Detailed technical report. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (150pp.).

Final Report - Summary

Robillot, C., Logan, M., Baird, M., Waterhouse J., Martin, K. and Schaffelke, B. (2018) Testing and implementation of an improved water quality index for the 2016 and 2017 Great Barrier Reef Report Cards: Summary Report. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (65pp.).


Project 3.3.3 - Defining the values of the ecological systems that influence the GBR and lie outside the marine park and world heritage area boundaries

Johanna Johnson, JCU

Final Report - Part 1

Johnson, J.E., Welch, D.J., Marshall, P.A., Day, J., Marshall, N., Steinberg, C.R., Benthuysen, J.A., Sun, C., Brodie, J., Marsh, H., Hamann, M. and Simpfendorfer, C. (2018) Characterising the values and connectivity of the northeast Australia seascape: Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, Coral Sea and Great Sandy Strait. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (81pp.).

Final Report - Part 2

Johnson, J.E., Welch, D.J., Marshall, P.A., Day, J., Marshall, N., Steinberg, C.R., Benthuysen, J.A., Sun, C., Brodie, J., Marsh, H., Hamann and M., Simpfendorfer, C. (2018) Supplementary Synthesis Report: Connectivity and inter-dependencies of values in the northeast Australia seascape. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (67pp.).

Final Report - Summary

Johnson, J.E., Welch, D.J., Marshall, P.A., Day, J., Marshall, N., Steinberg, C.R., Benthuysen, J.A., Sun, C., Brodie, J., Marsh, H., Hamann and M., Simpfendorfer, C. (2018) Characterising the values and connectivity of the northeast Australia seascape: Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, Coral Sea and Great Sandy Strait. Summary for Decision-Makers. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (8pp.).