Effects of water borne contaminants


Anywhere that people live and work creates wastes, by-products and contamination. We dispose of sewage, industrial, agricultural and domestic chemicals, heat and freshwater in numerous outfalls. These operate continuously or sporadically (such as storm-water drains) to create a mosaic of short- and long-term, acute and chronic contamination of coastal waters.

The Centre is active in many research projects on the effects of different forms of contamination. These projects are experimental analyses of various types of contamination to determine their consequences, i.e. do they cause pollution (an ecological response to contamination) and, if so, how, why, what response? We also use various forms of planned contamination as experiments to investigate larger-scale processes of change.