Managing nitrogen loads in Port Phillip Bay: towards better water quality (3060)
National Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne
Project duration: 2017-2020
Location: In the bay
Excess nitrogen causes algal blooms and can over stimulate the growth of other marine plants. This project will quantify nutrient sources in the west of the Bay through partnering with community groups and government bodies to take water samples and comparing these to determine the amount of nitrogen in the water and its sources. It will also determine the effect of these nutrients on drift algae production and the cost-benefit of harvesting algae to manage excess nitrogen.