Just as floods, cyclones and droughts are considered extreme weather events on land, extreme climatic events also occur in the ocean. Work being undertaken by the Marine Heatwaves International Working Group has resulted in the development of a formal definition and classification system for these extreme marine events, allowing for global patterns in their occurrence and duration to be assessed.
Artificial reefs are commonly deployed off coastlines around the world to restore degraded marine habitats and provide new fishing opportunities, but they also provide an opportunity to put a little art into the ocean.
Freely available field manuals to help scientists, managers and students design and conduct fieldwork
A suite of manuals that describe best practises for collecting data from the marine environment have been created and made publicly available by the team at the Marine Biodiversity Hub, National Environmental Science Program.
Decoration, display, warning, deception, camouflage…. colour is an important feature for fishes.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is certainly the case for a new Redmap poster that maps changes in sea surface temperature off Tasmania over the past 24 years.
Ambitious field experiments reveal the effects of ocean acidification on entire coral reef communities
Two landmark experiments have gone beyond the laboratory to show how entire coral reef communities are being affected by ocean acidification in the wild!
Rachel Kelly is a PhD student in the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Her research focuses on the social acceptability of human activities that involve the marine environment. Here she introduces us to the concept of ‘social licence’ and discusses why it’s an important component of how communities interact with the marine realm.
Telling the story behind the science is an integral part of modern research. The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) have recently produced a number of excellent science communication clips, detailing some of the research they’re undertaking in Tasmania. Here are two clips we think are well worth watching!
A total of 68 out-of-range observations have been logged by the Redmap community and verified by our team of experts this Summer! Our top three states were NSW (34 observations), Tasmania (23 observations) and Western Australia (11 observations). Great work Redmappers!
We know that plants and animals are shifting where they live to track environmental changes, but did you know that changes in temperature and ocean acidity are shifting the balance of sex in the sea?