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Coastal and shelf pelagic community structure: Pattern and Processes. pp 55-121. In: Keesing J.K, Heine, J.N, Babcock, R.C., Craig, P.D. and Koslow, J.A. Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment Final Report. Volume 2: the SRFME core projects 274p

Koslow, J.A., Fearns, P., Feng, M., Greenwood, J., Hanson, C., Harriden, T., Lourey, M., Mortimer, N., Pearce, A., Strzelecki, J., Clementson, L., Kloser, R., Ryan, T., Thompson, P., Wild-Allen, K., Paterson, H., Pesant, S., Waite, A., Muhling, B.A., Beckley, L.E., Majewski, L. and Begum, A. (2006) Coastal and shelf pelagic community structure: Pattern and Processes. pp 55-121. In: Keesing J.K, Heine, J.N, Babcock, R.C., Craig, P.D. and Koslow, J.A. Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment Final Report. Volume 2: the SRFME core projects 274p. 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 in terms of its productivity and dynamics, and the physical, chemical and biological factors driving variability along dominant spatial and temporal scales. To achieve this, we took a number of approaches which included field sampling, instrument deployment and remote sensing studies between Jurien Bay in the north and Geographe Bay in the south. We used a range of conventional oceanographic methods as well as developing and testing new methodologies using in situ benthic chambers to measure sediment-nutrient flux and hydroacoustics to estimate the distribution, abundance and biomass of nektonic fauna. The most significant field undertaking was monthly sampling from 2002 – 2004 along a 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/18037
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