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Satellites monitoring harmful land runoff on the Great Barrier Reef

Satellites monitoring harmful land runoff on the Great Barrier Reef

Updated 25 April 2014, 7:41 AEST

Scientists have begun using NASA satellite images to study the impact of land run-off on the Great Barrier Reef.

Researchers from Australia's James Cook University say river flood plumes from heavy rain or cyclones push polluted water, containing pesticides and fertilisers, into the reef.

They say the satellite can be effectively used to map the extent, nutrient content and muddiness of flood plumes.

Presenter: Ellen Fanning

Speaker: Dr Michelle Devlin, Project Leader, TropWATER unit,James Cook University, Queensland

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