Developing tools to manage and monitor health of seagrass beds

Status: Proposed

Dates: 2020 - Start

Māori Relevant Content: Yes

Project Abstract

Seagrass provides important ecosystem service as well as habitat for iconic fish, like pipefish, snappers and flounders. Seagrass are unfortunately dramatically reduced in NZ and abroad due to climate changes, habitat alterations, pollution with nutrients and sediments, and invasive species. This project will aim to identify ‘indicator species’ that represent healthy and stressed seagrass beds and tools to monitor the health of seagrass beds based on methods ranging from cm-scale hands-on-measurements to satellite measurements covering entire estuaries.

Researchers - UC Staff

Subject Area: Disciplines