What can we expect from existing and future pressures on water quality and land-use in Moreton Bay?


This cluster will establish and synthesise observed changes in the  land-cover and land-use of the Moreton Bay catchment over the past 40 years, along with observed variations in water quality. Linkages between land-cover and land–use, with water quality of the Moreton Bay catchment are well established and have provided the basis for multiple management and monitoring activities. These linkages will be defined and then examined in relation to planned and predicted land-cover and land–use changes, along with climate change impacts, such as sea level rise.



Dynamics of seagrass distribution and abundance in Moreton Bay Chris Roelfsema, Stuart Phinn, Eva Kovacs, Simon Baltais, Mitchell Lyons, Megan Saunders.

Historical Changes in Moreton Bay and its catchment Jonathan Richards

Should we take conservation actions on land or in the ocean to best benefit seagrass? Megan Saunders, Michael Bode, Scott Atkinson, Carissa Klein, Anna Metaxas, Jutta Beher, Maria Beger, Morena Mills, Sylvaine Giakoumi, Vivitskaia Tulloch, Tony Weber, Hugh Possingham

Water quality in Moreton Bay and its catchment: change over 20 years James Udy, Mitch Stephenson, Tony Weber, Danielle Udy, Michele Burford, Al Grinham, Paul Maxwell


Erosion risk in Moreton Bay catchments Graeme Curwen

Uncertainty in sediment and nutrient budgets is just as important as magnitude Kate O’Brien

A low cost near surface sensor for algal bloom detection Tim Malthus

Impact of marine debris in Moreton Bay Kathy Townsend

Revised water quality objectives and new sustainable loads for South East Queensland Waterways by 2031 Sandra Avendano


Moreton Bay and Catchment – projected changes to population, climate, sea-level and ecosystems Megan Saunders

Development of a satellite based algal bloom alert early warning system Tim Malthus

Characterization of biogeochemical pathwaysfor C, N and P in two residential canal estates in SEQ, Australia Consuelo Santamaria-Ferrada