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Noosa BR
  Brief description   The proposed Biosphere Reserve has a wide range of existing programs for research, monitoring, education and training. A range of research activities are currently underway or planned to uncover new knowledge and further the application of existing knowledge about conservation and sustainable development.This includes ecological research and monitoring projects in the following areas:
> Field investigations into a new species of Lepidoptera known only from Noosa;
> Pest plant control trials on various pest species and including physical, chemical, fire and biological control methods;
> Assessment of the impacts of recreational activities on the conservation values of Noosa North Shore natural areas;
> Attitudinal surveys of environmental impacts of recreational usage of Noosa North Shore Beaches;
> Assessment of the impacts of vehicular traffic on Noosa North Shore beaches;
> Resident and migratory waders and shore birds utilisation of the lower Noosa river system;
> Assessment of the cause, implications and control of Nuisance Algal Blooms on Noosa Main Beach;
> Seagrass monitoring in the Noosa River System;
> Noosa River ecosystem health monitoring program;
> Use of Biosolids from sewage treatment processes to produce energy;
> Local alternative energy applications such as landfill gas recovery and microhydro energy recovery from the reticulated water distribution system;
Additional Planned Research:
> Assessment of genetic diversity amongst Mary River Cod for use in recovery breeding programs; Applicability of emerging solar technology for water heating in a municipal aquatic centre, and in enhancing landfill gas to energy programs.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Abiotic factors, air temperature, climate, erosion, geology, geomorphology, global change, groundwater, habitat, hydrology, indicators, meteorology, modelling, monitoring/methodologies, nutrients, physical oceanography/oceans, siltation/sedimentation.
  Biodiversity   Afforestation/Reforestation, algae, alien/invasive/exotic/introduced species, amphibians, autoecology/synecology, beach/soft bottom, benthos, biodiversity, biogeography, biology, biotechnology, birds, boreal forest, breeding/reproduction, coastal/marine, community studies/communities, conservation, coral reefs, degraded areas, desertification, ecology, ecosystem assessment, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, ecotone, endemic species, evolutionary studies/palaeoecology/evolution, fauna, fires/fire ecology, fishes, flora, forest systems, freshwater/inland water, fungi, genetic resources, indicators, invertebrates/insects/spiders, mammals, mangrove, microorganisms, migrating populations/migration, modelling, monitoring/methodologies, natural resources, pests/diseases, plants, pollination, population genetics/population dynamics, productivity, rare/endangered/threatened species, reintroduction, reptiles, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, species inventorying/inventory, sub-tropical and temperate rainforest/sub-tropical forest, taxonomy, vegetation studies/plant cover, wetlands, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, capacity building, cottage industry/artisanal industry, cultural aspects, demography, economic studies, economically important species, energy production systems/alternative energy, firewood cutting/harvesting, fishery/fisheries, forestry, human health, human migration/population exodus, human/wildlife conflicts, indicators, indigenous people, livelihood measures, livestock and related impacts/overgrazing, local participation, monitoring methodologies, natural hazards, non-timber forest products/ntfp, pastoralism/pastoralists/grazing, people-nature relations/man/nature, poverty, quality economies, recreation, resource use, role of women/gender, sacred sites, small business initiatives, social/socio-economic aspects, stakeholders' interests, tourism, traditional practices/ethnology/traditional knowledge, transport.
  Integrated monitoring   Biogeochemistry, carrying capacity/sustainability, conflict, ecosystem approach, education and public awareness, environmental change, environmental quality, geographic information system/gis, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, indicators, infrastructure, institutional and legal aspects, integrated studies/interdisciplinaty, interdisciplinary studies, land tenure, land use/land cover, landscape inventorying/monitoring, management issues, mapping, modelling, monitoring/methodologies, planning and zoning measures/zonation, policy issues, remote sensing, rural systems, sustainable development/sustainable use, transboundary/transfrontiers, urban systems/towns/cities, watershed studies/monitoring.

Last updated: 26/01/2010

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