OUR ENVIRONMENT CAN BE TRANSFORMED IN AN INSTANT OR DEGRADED OVER TIME. DAMAGING STORM EVENTS DEMONSTRATE HOW AUSTRALIAN COASTAL MANGROVES CAN BE ALTERED AND SEVERELY IMPACTED OVERNIGHT, WHILST LAND CLEARING, GLOBAL CLIMATE AND USE OF PESTICIDES CHANGE HOW A SYSTEM FUNCTIONS, SLOWLY OVER MANY YEARS.

Mangroves act as the 'kidneys of the coast' by filtering and cleaning runoff actively protecting the ocean, particularly coral reefs. Mangroves also buffer shorelines from severe cyclonic storms and floods and are nurseries to a large proportion of juvenile fish that will later colonise the nearby Great Barrier Reef.

Mangroves are intimately linked to Australia's most iconic system, the Great Barrier Reef, so we must pay special attention to the condition of coastal mangroves to save our reef. Join us to measure and monitor the longer-term responses of mangrove forests and the consequences of mangrove degradation over the East coast of Australia.

On this expedition, participants will help scientists compare the effects of natural and human pressures on mangrove health in two locations: The Daintree and Mackay in Queensland. Participants will climb through mangrove forests, measuring tree heights, girths, and other parameters, and film the riverbank using GPS-linked video cameras from a small boat. These data will provide important information to assist with managing mangroves into the future with the aim of enhancing mangrove conservation and preservation on the Great Barrier Reef as well as inform industries on sustainable practices.

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Location

The Daintree and Mackay, QLD

Cost

$550, includes accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities

Duration

7 days

Dates

5-11 September 2019 (Daintree)

5-11 October 2019 (Mackay)

4-10 November 2019 (Mackay)

Activity Level

Very Active

Lead Scientist

Jock Mackenzie, Earthwatch Australia and MangroveWatch