Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent Session 1: S16: Observing the north


Chair: Craig Steinberg
Many of Australia’s most precious marine natural assets are located in the tropical northern seas. This area spans the iconic Ningaloo Reef in the west to the Great Barrier Reef in the east with the neighbouring Kimberley, Kakadu and Daintree rainforest in between. In addition, it is a region of major economic activities such as mining, agriculture, shipping, fishing, urban development, tourism and recreation. With the Integrated Marine Observing System completing its first decade, and a commensurate development of modelling systems and capability, this is allowing an unprecedented ability to gain an understanding of the coastal and marine environment and the extent to which they can accommodate economic development. For this symposium, we are seeking papers that showcase the available observational data and modelling applications in Australia’s Northern waters and what we are learning from them.

  • Session Details
  • LocationPlayhouse Theatre, Darwin Entertainment Centre
  • Session TimeThursday 6th July 1:30pm to 3:10pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
1:30pm to 1:50pm Great whale presence in northern Australia based on passive acoustics Robert McCauley S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
1:50pm to 2:10pm Changes in water quality from 2010 to 2016 throughout the Great Barrier Reef Mathieu Mongin S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
2:10pm to 2:30pm Measuring the underwater light climate on the North West Shelf of Australia using IMOS Slocum gliders Paul Thomson S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
2:30pm to 2:50pm The biogeochemical state of the Great Barrier Reef (2013-2016): results from a re-analysis using the eReefs model. Mark Baird S16: Observing the tropical northern waters



  • PEPs In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
2:50pm to 2:55pm Coastal dynamics of Northern Australia over the last three decades - preliminary insights from the Landsat Data Cube Brendan Brooke PEP Talk
2:55pm to 3:00pm Starbug-X: a Compact Autonomous Underwater Vehicle applied to surveys of deepwater reefs at Ningaloo Russ Babcock PEP Talk
3:00pm to 3:05pm Application of a hydrodynamic numerical model towards implementation of desalination plant at Palm Island, Queensland. Hemerson Tonin PEP Talk
3:05pm to 3:10pm Mass Coral bleaching in the far northern region of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait – a numerical modelling study Hemerson Tonin PEP Talk