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2nd Workshop on the Adoption of Sensor Networks by Coastal Managers: An Inshore Water Quality Approach

by Debora De Freitas last modified 2007-07-23 14:13


Invite for technical discussions and field trip on Magnetic Island on 27th July 2007.

As part of the workshop on sensor networks and coastal management I would like to invite you to an informal morning of discussions while visiting the sensor network deployed at Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island.

The suggested times would be to catch  the 9am ferry and return on the 12:50pm but other times are available. 

Please contact me for suggestions or questions.


Stuart Kininmonth
AIMS,Townsville Australia 4810
ph. +61 7-47534334 MIB ph: 07-47785451
mob: 0439 673 546
SKYPE: skininmonth

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‘The Adoption of Sensor Networks by Coastal Managers: A Catchment-to-Coast Approach’ constitutes the second of a series of envisioned workshops towards an adaptive deployment of the sensor networks in the GBR coast.

This workshop is part of a larger research project entitled ‘The Sensor Networking the Great Barrier Reef’. The Sensor Networking represents a partnership between Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and James Cook University (JCU) and it has being carried out under the auspices of the Coastal Processes and Modelling AIMS@JCU Program (Sensor Networking for Environmental and Physical Monitoring Project), and other two international consortia in which AIMS is a partner.

The science-policy interface is about connecting scientific findings with management needs more effectively. The deployment of the sensors at the GBR region is intended to be flexible and responsive process to new knowledge gained by targeting research to management needs; monitoring, evaluation and review, and by continually connecting technological opportunities with current and future management priorities.

CLICK  HERE to  View Real time data collected from Magnetic Island (Townsville)

& HERE to access ReefGrid Webcam!

Date: 26th July, 9am - 5pm

Venue: Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) – Conference Room, Abbott Street Oonoonba, Townsville.

How to get there: download map location DPI&F

1. Theme

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and its catchments constitute a unique inter-connected system. The Catchment to Reef connection throughout waterways, streams, wetlands and estuaries is responsible for the dynamics in transport of nutrients and sediments, and consequently, to the quality of catchment-to-coast waters.

Research priorities and water quality programs stress the need for information and systematic monitoring methods to support policy and management strategies in improving the capability to detect coral bleaching conditions and minimising the continuous decline in GBR water quality. Collecting real-time data at appropriate temporal and spatial scales is critical to understanding coastal processes. However, scientific data provided by new technologies often does not fit the needs or interest of environmental managers and decision makers or it is not presented in a way that can be used in a management framework.

The emerging generation of 'smart' sensors opens up a range of opportunities for automated intelligent monitoring of marine and coastal systems by providing critical real-time information to managers. Environmental variables collected by the sensor networks can be classified in three categories: current (i.e water temperature at multiple depths, pH, and depth pressure), planned (i.e. light at depth and video), and potential (PAR at depth, UV at depth, C02, PAM fluorometry, turbidity, and nutrients (N,P)).

The overall goal of this one-day workshop is to extend and deepen the discussion on the need, challenges and options for an ‘adaptive deployment of sensor networks and delivery of timely and useful real-time spatial data for managers and decision makers’. It also aims to investigate how much advances in communication and information tools will be additionally induced by management policies. It should therefore contribute to the ongoing debate on an international science-policy interface for the new technologies to natural resources management.

2. Goals

The workshop is designed to provide opportunity for interaction between researchers, environmental managers and technology developers in purposeful discussions. To achieve this purpose, short presentations will be followed by periods of group(s) discussion. Notes taken during these discussions and key findings will contribute to the next stage of writing a draft report.

This workshop is concerned with the exchange of information between researchers, environmental mangers, and other interested parts towards the implementation of an adaptive approach to the deployment of Sensor Networks at the GBR region. Specifically, issues about timeliness, relevance and scale of information provided by geosensor networks will be addressed.

Specific objectives include:

  • provide a venue for discussion and interaction between coastal researchers and environmental managers;
  • strengthen the science-policy interface by bridging the gaps between provision of geospatial information and management applications;
  • identify the science-policy relevant questions that can be addressed using real time sensor networks data.
  • facilitate transfer and dissemination of knowledge.

3. Outcomes & outputs

Intended Outcomes:

  • A shared understanding of needs, benefits and challenges of collecting and delivering real-time spatial data.
  • Comprehension of the relationships and core issues between information providers (scientists) and users (managers) of technology.
  • Engagement of key stakeholders in coastal management and water quality issues.

Project Outputs/Deliverables:

  • A list of current and potential management priorities that can be supported by the provision of sensor networks data.
  • An executive report of a set of considerations that the participants feel should be taken into account by considering scope-scale, timeline and implementation of sensor networks. This information will constitute the basis for the development of a more detailed report proceeding to be circulated after the workshop.
  • Update and maintenance of the online Forum ( stimulate further discussions on the need and the options for science-policy interfaces in deploying new technologies.
  • Peer-reviewed publications (in scientific journals such as Environmental Science and Policy) and non-technical reports.


09:00 Welcome and Introductions

09:15 Background and Rationale for meeting - Agenda/structure/outcomes of the workshop (Débora De Freitas - James Cook University/JCU) - abstract

09:30 International Perspective on Coastal Sensor Networks and Current Status of the Implemenation of Sensor Networks on a Fringing Coral Reef on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
(Stuart Kininmonth - Australian Institute of Marine Science/AIMS) - abstract

10:00 Management drivers for remote sensing and data acquisition and logging at inshore coastal coral systems of GBR
(David Haynes and Joelle Prange - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority/GBRMPA) - abstract

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Does increased river suspended sediment load increase GBR lagoon regional turbidity: use of continuous turbidity loggers (Jon Brodie - Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research/ACTFR) - abstract

11:30 Breakout Group(s) discussion – Session 1

13:00 Lunch

13:30 Tropical Terrestrial HUB (George Lukacs - Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research/ACTFR) - abstract

14:00 Deployment of Wireless Sensor Networks in the Queensland's Burdekin Irrigation Area (Matthew Dunbabin - CSIRO ICT Centre) - abstract

 14:30 Breakout Group(s) discussion - Session 2

16:00 Plenary Session & Coffee

16:30 Brainstorming Session and workshop wrap-up

17:00 End Workshop

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