This metadata is a brief overview of the National Environmental Science Program Tropical Water Quality (NESP TWQ) Hub.
The aim of the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) is to assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve
Australia’s environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science.
The National Environmental Science Programme is delivered through six research hubs:
* Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub,
* Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub,
* Marine Biodiversity Hub,
* Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub,
* Threatened Species Recovery Hub
* Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub
The NESP TWQ Hub is the largest of the hubs and provides innovative research for practical solutions to maintain and improve
tropical water quality from catchment to coast under three research themes:
* Theme 1 – Improved understanding of the impacts, including cumulative impacts, and pressures on priority freshwater, coastal
and marine ecosystems and species
* Theme 2 – Maximise the resilience of vulnerable species to the impacts of climate change and climate variability by reducing
other pressures, including poor water quality
* Theme 3 – Natural resource management improvements based on sound understanding of the status and long-term trends of
priority species and systems
Each theme is broken down into a number of projects, each of which has an experienced Program Leader. The NESP is built
on lessons learned from the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) which concluded in 2014.
The funding for the NESP TWQ program is provided in a number of rounds.
This round funded 25 short term projects starting in June 2015. All projects were completed by March 2016. Many of the
projects were associated with desktop studies, synthesis of historic work or workshops to facilitate planning of future research.
A few of the projects were continuation of long running monitoring projects including the AIMS LTMP, the JCU inshore coral
reef monitoring and the eAtlas.
The full project details and reports from Round 1 projects can be found on the NESP TWQ website. The eAtlas has project pages
for those projects that produced new datasets that have been published in the eAtlas.
The datasets generated from the 1st round projects is saved in the eAtlas enduring data repository at: data\NESP1 and those
from the 2nd round projects are saved in data\NESP2. All NESP TWQ data is available for download from the eAtlas.