TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

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Refugial pools: Importance of waterholes as aquatic refugia and the biophysical processes that sustain them

Refugial pools: Importance of waterholes as aquatic refugia and the biophysical processes that sustain them

River waterholes are a critical refuge for aquatic plants and animals when rivers stop flowing and are also highly valued by local communities.  Unfortunately waterholes are also vulnerable to increasing water demands, uncontrolled stock access, fishing pressure and the effects of climate change.  This study has sought to understand how waterholes in northern Australia respond to such pressures.

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