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Review of research and monitoring of Darwin Harbour’s mangrove environment for the development of a long-term monitoring program



Review of research and monitoring of Darwin Harbour’s mangrove environment for the development of a long-term monitoring program


Alongi, Daniel; Metcalfe, Kristin; Townsend, Simon; Leiper, Ian; Australian Institute of Marine Science; EcoScience NT Pty Ltd; Northern Territory. Department of Land Resource Management; Charles Darwin University


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; 24/2016




Darwin Harbour


This report provides an improved knowledge basis and presents an overview of past and current research and monitoring projects on the mangrove environments of Darwin Harbour. The term mangrove environment refers to the flora, fauna, sediment quality, and sediment biogeochemistry of mangroves, including adjacent salt flats. This report draws on the findings of three key documents, which review the research and monitoring projects that have been conducted in Darwin Harbour. It also incorporates content from a recent review of the application of remote sensing. The reports include: A summary of projects conducted by the Northern Territory Government, Department of Land Resource Management (Fortune 2016); A literature review and summary of all scientific research conducted by Charles Darwin University (CDU 2015); A summary of research and monitoring conducted by EcoScience (EcoScience 2015); and A review of the application of remote sensing in mangrove habitats (Lieper and Joyce 2016).


Report prepared for NT Government Department of Land Resource Management. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville. This report was paid for by the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project in order to inform the Integrated Marine Monitoring and Research Program (IMMRP).

Table of contents

1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY -- 2 INTRODUCTION -- 3 OVERVIEW OF THE MANGROVE ENVIRONMENT OF DARWIN HARBOUR REGION -- 3.1 Forest distribution and structure -- 3.2 Forest productivity -- 3.3 Faunal composition and diversity -- 3.3.1 Invertebrate fauna -- 3.3.2 Fish -- 3.3.3 Mammals and Birds -- 3.3.4 Spatial and temporal patterns -- 3.4 Human impacts and natural disturbance -- 3.5 Links to marine and terrestrial habitats -- 3.5.1 Links with marine environment -- 3.5.2 Links with terrestrial habitats -- 4 NATURAL and ANTHROPOGENIC PRESSURES ON DARWIN HARBOUR MANGROVES: A QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT -- 4.1 Climate change -- 4.2 Natural disturbances -- 5 EVALUATING PAST AND CURRENT MONITORING PROGRAMS: STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES -- 6 PRIORITIES FOR FUTURE MONITORING -- 7 BIBLIOGRAPHY -- 8 LIST OF ADDITIONAL WORKS CONSULTED -- 9 APPENDIX A





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Australian Institute of Marine Science

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43 pages : colour illustrations and maps ; 30 cm.

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