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Snapshot of life deep in the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists have begun compiling a rich picture of seabed life across the length and breadth of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, after more than 300 days at sea.

Space scientists to take the Earth’s pulse

Dozens of international satellite and modelling experts are meeting in Canberra today to discuss how to improve observations of the Earth to better understand and predict climate change, water availability, and natural disasters.

Squid, bugs, cuttlefish and scallops study

A preliminary study of information needs relating to squid, bugs, cuttlefish and scallops in Australia’s northern prawn fishery (NPF) will guide the management of these increasingly important byproduct species in Australian trawl fisheries.

State of the Air 2005

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and some other greenhouse gases displayed near record growth rates last year. But there was also good news about the state of the atmosphere in 2005.    

Stronger evidence for human-induced climate change

Climate scientists have provided the strongest evidence yet that human activities are causing climate change, according to a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) 4th Assessment Report.

New approach to sustain 'forage' fishing

Reduced catches of small oceanic ‘forage’ fish like sardines and anchovies may be required in some ocean areas in order to protect the larger predators that rely on these species for food.

Air pollution model takes off

Australia’s capabilities in understanding the impact of air pollution have advanced with a new version of software that can predict the direction and concentration of odours and pollutants.

Tasmania supports NASA’s ocean satellite missions

Tasmania, scientists will continue to play a role in the operation of the next generation of ocean-observing satellites to be launched by NASA in 2008.

Think locally, act regionally, says water researcher

A senior Australian climate scientist has called for more regionally-based studies on how countries in the Australasian region can adapt to climate change.

Top award for scientist who made the sea his workplace

Pioneering oceanographer, Dr George Cresswell, will be honoured tomorrow with the country's top marine science award for research that has helped Australians understand the influences on two of their national icons – beach life and the coast.

Study shows Tropics absorbing Northern emissions

An international research team, including three CSIRO scientists, has thrown new light on the way that carbon dioxide produced by industrial activities in the northern hemisphere is absorbed by vegetation across the globe, particularly in tropical regions.

Tropical forest sustainability: a climate change boon

Improved management of the world’s tropical forests has major implications for humanity’s ability to reduce its contribution to climate change, according to a paper published today in the international journal, Science.

Understanding autumn rain decline in SE Australia

Fluctuations in sea-surface temperatures to the north of Australia and changes in atmospheric circulation patterns over the sub-tropical Indian Ocean have been identified as key factors leading to declining rainfalls in south-eastern Australia since 1950.

Submersible in 2.5 km dive for climate science

Australian and US scientists will next week use an unmanned submersible to locate live and fossilised deep-ocean corals south of Tasmania to track changes in climate in the southern hemisphere.

‘Unnatural’ WA warming/drying to be investigated

Research will be stepped up into the causes and magnitude of climate change in Western Australia following the release of a report showing that observed temperature increase and winter rainfall decline in south-west Western Australia are unlikely to be due to natural climate variability alone.

CSIRO invests in Tasmania’s future

CSIRO is investing $A2 million in an upgrade and expansion of its research facilities at Battery Point, Hobart.

WA peak marine research group issues report

The Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment (SRFME) issues its final report today, and hands on the valuable marine research it has conducted in Western Australia.

Wine industry ‘winners and losers’ from climate change

Climate change will dramatically alter the growing season for Australian grapes and affect the wine styles produced here, according to new University of Melbourne and CSIRO research.

Ocean life under threat from climate change

The international science community must devote more resources to research into the effects climate change is having on ocean environments, according to a paper published today in the journal Science by researchers at CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship.

A 20th century acceleration in the rate of sea-level rise

Using information from tide gauges and measurements from satellites, Dr John Church and Dr Neil White estimated changes in global mean sea levels since 1870.

World interest in Australian fishery impact test

An Australian method for assessing the environmental impact of marine fisheries has caught the eye of fishery management agencies worldwide.

Giant ocean eddy shadows Sydney

The giant ocean eddy that cooled Sydney’s shores a year ago has been superseded by another 300 km diameter giant.

Nine new species for disappearing handfish family

Nine new species of handfish have been described by CSIRO in research that highlights an urgent need to better understand and protect the diversity of life in Australia’s oceans.

Scientists offer new take on selective fishing

A new, less selective approach to commercial fishing is needed to ensure the ongoing productivity of marine ecosystems and to maintain biodiversity, according to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Warming Indian Ocean – impacts to be discussed

The impacts of a warming Indian Ocean on Western Australia’s climate, environment and fisheries will be discussed today in Perth by scientists at a Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) symposium.

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