NESP TWQ Round 2 - Project 2.2.3 - Early warning systems to minimize the risk of box jellyfish stings by empowering stakeholders

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This project aimed to minimise the risk of venomous jellyfish, including Irukandji and box jellyfish, by empowering stakeholders with an early warning system. The project first developed an openly-accessible database combining relevant information from existing sting datasets as well as research data and public records. A forecasting model was then developed using this database for statistical analysis and modelling that relates sting data to environmental conditions in major stinger hotspots on the GBR. The analysis and modelling of previous sting events found wind direction to be the greatest contributing factor, where north-westerly winds contributed to more stings. Tide height was also important, where incoming tides with slow wind speeds led to more stings in Cairns and Townsville beaches, whereas on Whitsunday beaches slow wind speeds and low tides produced more stings.

Project partners included Traditional Owners of the Yirrganydji peope, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) and Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO). The project will help empower tourism operators, Traditional Owners and the public to mitigate stinger impacts.

Final reports, journal articles and fact sheets for this project can be found on NESP TWQ hub website.



Publication on
30 January 2019
PreviewThis dataset presents the code written for the analysis and modelling for the Jellyfish Forecasting System for NESP TWQ Project 2.2.3.