A multi-model approach to assessing the impacts of catchment characteristics on spatial water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchments.
Shuci Liu, Dongryeol Ryu, J Angus Webb, Anna Lintern, Danlu Guo, David Waters, Andrew W Western
Environmental Pollution | Elsevier BV | Published : 2021
Water quality monitoring programs often collect large amounts of data with limited attention given to the assessment of the dominant drivers of spatial and temporal water quality variations at the catchment scale. This study uses a multi-model approach: a) to identify the influential catchment characteristics affecting spatial variability in water quality; and b) to predict spatial variability in water quality more reliably and robustly. Tropical catchments in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) area, Australia, were used as a case study. We developed statistical models using 58 catchment characteristics to predict the spatial variability in water quality in 32 GBR catchments. An exhaustive search ..View full abstract