Sediment Quality Monitoring

Sediment quality monitoring is essential for identifying pollutants and their sources, equipping managers to prioritise actions, reduce pollution and promote greater ecosystem protection.

Kororoit Creek estuary downstream of Racecourse Road, Altona
Kororoit Creek estuary downstream of Racecourse Road, Altona.

Sediment Quality Monitoring

Sediments are often polluted by anthropogenic chemicals that threaten the health of aquatic biota. Sediment quality monitoring is essential for identifying these pollutants and their sources, equipping managers to prioritise actions, reduce pollution and promote greater ecosystem protection.

Our research examines the presence of priority pollutants in freshwater and marine sediments across Victoria and Australia, ranging from targeted catchment investigations to state-wide assessments. We deliver highly effective assessments using advanced chemical analyses and clear research objectives to examine the distribution and severity of sediment pollution.

The information provided by our monitoring programs is used to determine potential impacts of sediment pollution, identify sediment quality issues and improve catchment management and aquatic ecosystem health.

For more information, please contact Simon Sharp simon.sharp@unimelb.edu.au.