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Dr Douglas Tait Research scientist with SCU national marine science centre and PHD candidate Luke Jeffery with some of their water testing equipment at Coffs Creek.

Dr Douglas Tait Research scientist with SCU national marine science centre and PHD candidate Luke Jeffery with some of their water testing equipment at Coffs Creek.

Research dives into estuaries

2nd Mar 2016 6:15 AM

WATER quality in estuaries on the Coffs Coast is being investigated by a group of Southern Cross University students as part of a major project funded by the Australian Research Council.

The students, from the University’s National Marine Science Centre, will be taking water samples from Coffs, Boambee, Bonville and Pine creeks over the coming week.

The project, led by Professor Isaac Santos, is looking at groundwater seepage into the waterways and how that impacts on water quality.

“We are looking at groundwater discharge and assessing the water for chemicals, heavy metals, greenhouse gases and nutrients,” Mr Santos said.

Once the water samples are collected from estuaries they will be taken back to the laboratory for testing.

Cutting edge technology will then be used to investigate the sources of methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide within the coastal waters.

Current research is being conducted in mangroves, coral reefs, estuaries, creeks and the continental shelf.

The National Marine Science Centre is home to a radioisotope laboratory with water quality instrumentation and greenhouse gas analytical facilities funded by the Australian Research Council.

“The facility enables us to measure a large number of natural and artificial key water quality indicators,” Mr Santos said.

Visit scu.edu.au for more information on the centre.