Nutrient, organic carbon and suspended solid loadings in two ICOLLs, NSW Australia : biogeochemical responses

  • Daniel Ron Spooner

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

Intermittently Closed and Open Lake Lagoons (ICOLLs) are very common along the southern NSW coastline. Expanding urban populations are expanding and these systems are under increasing pressure from anthropogenic activities that change landscape processes and significantly alter the amounts of organic and inorganic constituents entering their waters. Once efficient cycling of nutrients in ICOLLs is overcome,the symptoms of eutrophication establish and the entire ecosystem suffers. These systems have great ecological,social,and economic values that require insightful,well balanced,and educated management to promote sustainable use of these often-sensitive areas. Corunna and Nangudga Lake are ICOLLs in the Eurobodalla Shire on the south coast of NSW. These two ICOLLs receive discharges from catchments covered by native vegetation and grassland. The primary objective of this research component was to quantify catchment exports of total nitrogen (TN),total phosphorus (TP),suspended solids (SS),particulate organic matter (POM) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from three small coastal sub catchments that deliver constituents into Corunna and Nangudga Lakes. As part of this investigation the fates of catchment loads in the ICOLLs were established focusing on the lakes water column response to catchment loads and the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and phosphorus in sediments.
Date of Award1 Jan 2005
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Canberra

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