Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent session 4: S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding


Chair: Jason Tanner
The Great Australian Bight (GAB) is part of the world’s longest southern facing coastline. Its unusually broad continental shelf also supports the world’s largest temperate carbonate production system and has high levels of benthic biodiversity and endemism. Previous marine research in the GAB was concentrated in coastal waters and more recently on the continental shelf. The deep water assemblages and ecosystems of the GAB are poorly understood. Commonwealth and State governments, existing commercial users and a diverse range of academic, community and environmental groups have identified the need to develop a better understanding of the region’s environmental values, regulatory needs and development potential of the GAB. A complex array of ecological, economic and social issues needs to be addressed to optimize management of future activities. This symposium will include results from a large, integrated study of the ecological processes and socio-economic importance of the GAB that is being conducted through a collaborative research partnership involving two research agencies (CSIRO, South Australian Research and Development Institute), two universities (University of Adelaide, Flinders University of South Australia) and BP Australia.

  • Session Details
  • LocationLitchfield Room, DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
  • Session TimeMonday 3rd July 10:30am to 12:30pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
10:30am to 10:50am The Great Australian Bight Research Program - seeking whole of system understanding Ben Baghurst S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
10:50am to 11:10am Circulation of the Great Australian Bight: the influence of waves and the Leeuwin Current David Griffin S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
11:10am to 11:30am The ocean circulation and dynamics of the Great Australian Bight: model results and validation John Middleton S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
11:30am to 11:50am Shifts in plankton community composition in the Great Australian Bight: New insights into food web dynamics Nicole Patten S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
11:50am to 12:10pm Discovery of Widespread Autumn Phytoplankton Blooms in the Great Australian Bight Jochen Kaempf S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
12:10pm to 12:30pm Siphonophores: fearsome predators in oceanic food webs Lisa-Ann Gershwin S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding