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|December 2005||National Research Flagship||www.csiro.au/wealthfromoceans|
Message from the Director
As another year draws to a close, it is timely to reflect on the events of the past 12 months. Globally, the oceans again have been in the headlines and in the public mind, as we have witnessed the devastation wreaked by the Indian Ocean tsunami and hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Expanding and building our knowledge of our ocean systems and being able to predict how they impact on our terrestrial environment are now major aspects of our scientific research endeavours. Read more.
Secrets of an Interocean Highway
An international climate science team has begun analysing thousands of tropical ocean measurements critical to understanding some of the factors shaping Australian and Indonesian climate. Read More.
A first for Australia’s seabed minerals
Australia is essentially a marine nation
with the largest maritime jurisdictions of any country, which brings with it
a commitment to characterise and manage these areas, including mineral
Climate expert wins Wealth from Oceans Fellowship
A University of NSW expert in how climate
change in the Southern Ocean affects Australian weather patterns, Associate
Professor Matthew England, has been appointed a Flagship Fellow with the
CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship.
Ocean Forecast Trial "Goes With the Flow"
A forecasting system that can predict changes
in Australia’s deep ocean and coastal waterways out to one week in advance
has come through its first real test.
A Voyage of Discovery
Western Australia’s deep seabed ecosystems Marine researchers recently
spent four weeks on the Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern
Surveyor, mapping the seabed and surveying biodiversity in previously
unstudied areas along Australia’s west coast. Their rewarding findings are
increasing our understanding of the physical structure of the deep ocean
seabed and the composition and evolution of its rich fauna. They also
provide fundamental information for the development of national marine
management plans that incorporate ecosystem-based principles. Read more.
Volcanic eruptions impact global sea level
of gases and particles sprayed into the stratosphere by volcanic eruptions
cool the oceans and temporarily offset the rise in global sea level caused
by the greenhouse effect, according to research findings published Nature
A story of satellites, ships, paint and feedback
Feedback .......it comes in many different ways but for Peter Turner none could be more positive than that received from an Australian shipping company in late November. Peter is the Manager of Remote Sensing at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart and key member of the Ocean Modelling Research Project in the Wealth from Oceans Flagship. Read more.
IN THIS EDITION:
MEET THE SCIENTIST:
With a deep commitment to organic
geochemistry, Dr Simon George is developing methods critical for locating
new hydrocarbon reservoirs and increasing the production from known reserves
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is a CSIRO initiative and part of the National Research Flagships program that aims to deliver scientific solutions to advance Australia's most important national objectives. One of the largest scientific initiatives ever mounted in Australia, it aligns closely with the Federal Government's National Research Priorities. The initiative brings together our national research resources to deliver breakthroughs in fields ranging from healthcare to light metals and the environment.
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