Nitrous oxide and methane emissions from South East Queensland waterways and influence of wastewater discharges (2010–2013)
Aquatic systems contribute significantly to global nitrous oxide and methane emissions. These fugitive greenhouse gases must be reliably accounted for and the impacts of human activities properly managed. By performing the first systematic study in Australia on these emissions from several rivers, estuaries and reservoirs with various degrees of anthropogenic impact, we aim to provide information, knowledge and model suport for the Department of Climate Change to develop reliable accounting guidlines, and for water authorities to develop strategic catchment management strategies. The project will be undertaken through integrated extensive field measurements, in-depth laboratory experiments and advanced mathematical modelling.