Coorong nutrient cycling and fluxes

Jianyin Leslie Huang, David Welsh, Dirk Erler, Angus Ferguson, Justin Brookes, Chris Keneally, Daniel Chilton, Sabine Dittmann, Orlando Lam-Gordillo, Matilda Southgate, Stuart Simpson, Luke Mosley

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The Coorong is culturally, environmentally and economically important at local, national and international scales but has experienced a long-term decline in its ecological condition due to reductions in inflows. Whilst there has been recovery of some elements of the Coorong ecosystem associated with increased inflows since the Millennium Drought, the South Lagoon has not recovered to the levels expected. There has been a switch of the ecosystem from being dominated by aquatic plants to algae associated with eutrophication (nutrient enrichment), with subsequent impacts on invertebrates, fish and waterbirds. These changes in the ecosystem and the lack of recovery is likely caused by a number of complex, interacting factors, which are not well understood. This is limiting the capacity to forecast the ecological response to future management scenarios and therefore the capacity of water managers to identify management interventions required to improve the health of the Coorong.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, South Australia
PublisherGoyder Institute for Water Research
Number of pages125
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameGoyder Institute for Water Research Technical Report Series
PublisherGoyder Institute for Water Research
ISSN (Print)1839-2725


  • Coorong
  • Ecological health
  • Remediation
  • Nutrients


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