Dr Britta Schaffelke

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Inshore coral reefs and seagrass meadows of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are located in shallow waters and generally experience higher water turbidity and nutrient concentrations than ecosystems further offshore. These areas in the central and southern GBR are exposed to land runoff carrying excess amounts of fine sediments, nutrients and pesticides that have increased several-fold since European settlement.

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