Unravelling the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in estuaries (ARC Linkage Project led by Southern Cross University) (2016–2020)
Coastal systems play a disproportionately large role in the global emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG), but this
is poorly quantified. The aim of this study is to resolve the factors controlling the emission of CO2, CH4 and N2O
from estuaries. It will use an unprecedented and innovative combination of continuous underway concentration
and stable isotope measurements, process measurements and advanced numerical modelling across a range of
undisturbed to disturbed systems. This study is significant because it will quantify the role of coastal systems in
GHG emissions. The outcomes of this study will provide information, which is critical for efficient allocation of
management resources in Australian coastal systems.