Integrated Catchment Management

Integrated Catchment Management for the Motueka River

"From ridge tops to the sea"

Welcome to the ICM Motueka Research Programme web site. Its purpose is to provide information resources relevant to project participants and to the stakeholders of the Motueka River catchment. The site is a collaborative venture between a number of organisations.

It was an 11 year programme which commenced in July 2000 and concluded in September 2011, and whose goal was to conduct multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to provide information and knowledge that will improve the management of land, freshwater, and near-coastal environments in catchments with multiple, interacting, and potentially conflicting land uses.

The site will continue to contain items relevant to ICM but is now largely a legacy site.

The Motueka River catchment is a Global HELP Catchment.

 

Research highlights - Marine modelling – how are we doing?

Preliminary modelling effort was directed to modelling of physical characteristics (currents, salinity, temperatures...) of the bays from etereological/terrestrial/riverine inputs using numerical models.

Initially this work was used to investigate linkages between river sediment loads and the consequent distribution in the marine environment. Since this preliminary work, Weimin Jiang and Mark Gibbs have also undertaken foodweb studies into the distribution of biomass within the bay ecosystems to estimate the effects of aquaculture encroachment on water–column biomass in order to assess an ecological carrying capacity for the bay (W Jiang and M Gibbs – J. Aquaculture,...
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Monitoring buoy off the Motueka River mouth
Monitoring buoy off the Motueka River mouth

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Figure 1. Buoy–mounted, in situ data collection facility
Figure 1. Buoy–mounted, in situ data collection facility

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