Sentinel sensors: revolutionising our understanding and management of the estuarine environment

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CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Hobart

Principal Investigator:

John McCulloch

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FRDC Expenditure:



Communities, Environment, Industry


1. Demonstrate an operational network of sentinel molluscs providing real-time streaming of physiological and behavioural data providing a biological perspective of the environment.

2. Improve the local economy’s capacity to install, operate and maintain real-time, telemetered, environmental sensing systems by demonstrating the commercial operation of telemetered water quality sensor system over an extended 12 month period by a commercial operator.

3. Demonstrate that aspects of the ecosystem can be represented in real-time using sentinel animal data.

4. Provide an educational outreach program to encourage a generation of people interested in the marine environment and marine science.