Cawthron's expertise straddles the land-sea interface, which is critical to fully understanding the connections between land use and the quality of downstream ecosystems and resources.
Cawthron's capabilities in this area include:
- Application of tools for determining the source and fate of land-derived contaminants in the marine environment
- Approaches to assessing the cumulative effects of multiple land-use stressors on marine organisms and communities
- Analysis of coastal satellite imagery for assessing water quality in response to river plumes
- Development of real-time observation platforms for long-term monitoring of water quality
Cawthron has developed much of its 'land to sea' expertise as a major contributor to the 10-year Motueka River Integrated Catchment Management programme. Through internally funded research, Cawthron continues to develop tools for monitoring the effects of land use on marine ecosystems and resources. A focus has been on measuring the influence of river plumes on the transport and fate of sediments and faecal contaminants.
For more information, contact Chris Cornelisen.