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Biophysical oceanography off Western Australia: Biological communities, pattern, process, and ecosystem dynamics across the continental shelf and slope. pp 239-242. In: Keesing J.K. and Heine, J.N. (Eds). Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment Final Report. Volume 1: the SRFME initiative and collaborative linkages program 260p

Koslow, J.A., Pearce, A.F., Mortimer, N., Strzelecki, J., Fearns, P., Hanson, C., Clementson, L., Kloser, R., Ryan, T., Paterson, H., Pesant, S., Waite, A., Muhling, B.A., Beckley, L.E. and Begum, A. (2006) Biophysical oceanography off Western Australia: Biological communities, pattern, process, and ecosystem dynamics across the continental shelf and slope. pp 239-242. In: Keesing J.K. and Heine, J.N. (Eds). Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment Final Report. Volume 1: the SRFME initiative and collaborative linkages program 260p. Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment, CSIRO, Australia.

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Abstract

A significant aim of SRFME was to characterize the continental shelf/slope pelagic ecosystem off southwestern WA: to describe the plankton communities and their dominant patterns of spatial and temporal variability, to assess the physical, chemical and biological processes driving this variability, and to collaborate with the other SRFME projects to develop a quantitative, integrated understanding of the biogeochemical and ecosystem dynamics. To achieve this, we undertook monthly sampling from 2002 – 2004 along an onshore-offshore transect off Two Rocks from nearshore to the outer continental shelf (100 m water depth), which we extended quarterly to offshore waters (1000 m depth). Cruise sampling was combined with satellite observations of sea-surface temperature (SST), ocean colour and altimetry, and subsurface measurements of currents and temperature from moorings.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment, CSIRO
Copyright: © Copyright Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment 2006
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18036
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