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In partnership with the Australian and Queensland Governments and the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) committed in 2012 to contributing $5 million over five years to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s eReefs project, as a continuation of the company’s involvement with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

eReefs will transform the way the Reef is protected and preserved by taking the first step towards a comprehensive coastal information system for Australia. eReefs provides a platform for decision making and communication from catchment to ocean. The first tool developed by eReefs is the Marine Water Quality Dashboard, released in March 2014. The online tool gathers and publishes information on reef water quality, improving access, visualisation and understanding of various indicators of GBR water quality.

The dashboard includes over ten years of water quality information as well as near real-time data for parameters such as sediments, chlorophyll levels, sea surface temperatures and light. It allows data to be either displayed online in a variety of formats or downloaded for analysis. For more information visit http://www.bom.gov.au/environment/activities/mwqd/index.shtml

You can check out this explanation of the dashboard at http://www.bom.gov.au/environment/activities/mwqd/documents/illustration.pdf

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