Investigating the Use of a Bayesian Network to Model the Risk of Lyngbya majuscula Bloom Initiation in Deception Bay, Queensland

Hamilton, Grant S., Fielding, Fiona, Chiffings, Anthony W., Hart, Barry T., Johnstone, Ron W., & Mengersen, Kerrie L. (2007) Investigating the Use of a Bayesian Network to Model the Risk of Lyngbya majuscula Bloom Initiation in Deception Bay, Queensland. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 13(6), pp. 1271-1287.

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Modelling the risk factors driving an environmental problem can be problematic when published data describing variables and their interactions are sparse. In such cases, expert opinion forms a vital source of information. Here we demonstrate the utility of a Bayesian Net (BN) model to integrate available information in a risk analysis setting. As an example, we use this methodology to explore the major factors influencing initiation of Lyngbya majuscula blooms in Deception Bay, Queensland. Over the past decade Lyngbya blooms have increased in both frequency and extent on seagrass beds in Deception Bay, with a range of adverse effects. This model was used to identify the main factors that could trigger a Lyngbya bloom. The five factors found to have the greatest effect on Lyngbya bloom initiation were: the available nutrient pool, water temperature, redox state of the sediments, current velocity and light. Scenario analysis was also conducted to determine the sensitivity of the model to different combinations of variable states. The model has been used to identify knowledge gaps and therefore to direct additional research efforts in Deception Bay. With minor changes the model can be used to better understand the factors triggering Lyngbya blooms in other coastal regions.

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ID Code: 6318
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: algal bloom, probabilistic modeling, management, expert opinion
DOI: 10.1080/10807030701655616
ISSN: 1549-7860
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400) > Applied Statistics (010401)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 13(6):pp. 1271-1287.
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37

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