NESP TWQ Round 3 - Project 3.2.5 - Testing and implementation of the water quality metric for the 2017 and 2018 reef report cards

Report cards are used at various levels to summarise and communicate complex information on GBR health. The effectiveness of Reef Plan is communicated through the annual Reef Report card. In the Reef Report Card, marine water quality is reported using a metric, developed in 2009, based on satellite remote sensing of near surface concentrations ofchlorophyll and total suspended solids. This provides a wide spatial and temporal coverage of marine water quality.
However, the current water quality metric has a number of issues such that the Independent Science Panel has recently expressed a lack of confidence in it and suggested that a new approach was needed. This project outlines a research program to deliver elements of this new approach.