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Selective Evidence of Eutrophication in the Great Barrier Reef: Comment on Bell et al. (2014)

  • Miles Furnas
  • Britta Schaffelke
  • A. David McKinnon

Comment to: Bell, P.R.F., I. Elmetri, and B.E. Lapointe. 2014. Evidence of Large-Scale Chronic Eutrophication in the Great Barrier Reef: Quantification of Chlorophyll a Thresholds for Sustaining Coral Reef Communities. AMBIO. doi: 10.1007/s13280-013-0443-1.

In a recent article, Bell et al. ( 2014) misrepresent the current state of knowledge regarding water quality within the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and the processes that influence it. To sustain the current high level of public and political support for maintaining the health of the GBR, it is important that scientists provide credible evidence of man’s effects on the GBR system. We believe the information provided by Bell et al. ( 2014) to support their strong assertions is lacking in rigor, and is in some cases, erroneous:
  • Bell et al.’s (2014) conclusions are based upon a small number sampling programs from the 1920s, 1970s, and 1990s, which are restricted to a few sites and are of relatively short duration (ca. 1 year). A very large...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miles Furnas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Britta Schaffelke
    • 1
  • A. David McKinnon
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian Institute of Marine ScienceTownsvilleAustralia
  2. 2.School of Marine and Tropical BiologyJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

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