Ecosystem monitoring and assessment
Ecosystem monitoring and assessment are key components for understanding the ecology of a system and to provide data to researchers, management agencies and funding bodies to evaluate programs and management objectives.
It aims to understand the environmental response of a particular environmental event (such as environmental watering, changes in infrastructure) on either a targeted species and/or across a community of species. It also allows for the assessment of environmental events relative to those events objectives and the expected outcomes on the environment.
We've conducted ecosystem monitoring and assessment over a long period of time with a long-term monitoring of macroinvertebrates in the Murray River having been conducted for 35 years.
This project has shown the value of ecosystem monitoring by providing data on invertebrate communities that can be used to show how the community structure has changed over a spatial and temporal scale to different environmental events.