Project Team

  • Alistair Grinham
  • Simon Albert

Project Team

  • James Lockington
  • Nathaniel Deering
  • Verity Taylor

Project Brief

mud and sediment collection

This is a field based program following on from the recent sediment survey completed in May 2015 by the Icarus Program. The 2015 sediment survey focussed on changes in Moreton Bay sediment distribution compared with a previous survey completed in 1970. A major increase mud distribution was observed with over 400 km2 of the Bay now covered in mud. However, there is little understanding as to the volume of mud that is now present in Moreton Bay. To better understand the volume of mud an intensive field survey will be conducted collecting shallow sediment cores across selected zones of interest. These cores will be sectioned and analysed for mud content. Sediment mud profiles will be generated for each core and then interpolated across all sites to generate a three dimensional understanding of mud distribution in upper sediment layer across Moreton Bay. Students will be required to work from small boats for extended periods of times. A working knowledge of sediment particle size analysis and GIS techniques is highly desirable. This project will assist in developing knowledge and skills useful for CIVL2130.

Project Report

The Volume of Mud project served as an extension of the Turbidity project run in the first year of the Icarus program. During the two semesters a sediment distribution for Moreton Bay was established through collection and analysis of data. This semester saw work continued on interpretation and presentation of this data as a paper detailing the findings nears completion.

This research was a finalist in the Healthy Waterways Awards 2016, with several of the participating students attending the gala event. In conjunction with this nomination the research gained the attention of the public as well as academics and industry, with media releases by the University and School, a radio interview and articles in local print and national organisations.

The next stage of this student research is to develop an estimation of the volume of mud smothering Moreton Bay. This involves further fieldwork with the ability to perform sediment core collection being developed by students. Initial collection works have supported the previous work and are providing interesting insight into sediment distribution dynamics within the bay.