More than nine final reports for the Western Australian Marine Science Institution Kimberley Marine Research Program will be available online this month delivering the marine research needed to support the management of the marine environments of the Kimberley region.
The $30 million program, which began in 2012, has had up to 160 scientists from 10 partner agencies working across four themes along the 13,500km Kimberley coastline.
Information and updates on the 24 projects is available at www.wamsi.org.au/kmrp/kimberley-marine-research-node-projects.
The final reports that will be available in September include:
Habitats, Biodiversity Assessments and Baselines
1.1.3 ECOLOGICAL CONNECTIVITY: Ecological Connectivity of Kimberley Marine Communities www.wamsi.org.au/ecological-connectivity
1.2.4 DOLPHINS: Relative abundance, population genetic structure and acoustic monitoring of Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins in regions within the Kimberley www.wamsi.org.au/ dolphins
Reef Growth and Maintenance
1.3.1 GEOMORPHOLOGY: Reef Growth and Maintenance www.wamsi.org.au/geomorphology
2.1.1 HUMAN USE: Human use patterns and impacts for coastal waters of the Kimberley www.wamsi.org.au/human-use
2.1.2 SOCIAL VALUES: Human values and aspirations for coastal waters of the Kimberley www.wamsi.org.au/social-values
Understanding ecological processes in the Kimberley and their influence on marine biodiversity conservation
2.2.1 OCEANOGRAPHIC DYNAMICS: Physical oceanographic dynamics in the Kimberley www.wamsi.org.au/oceanographic-dynamics
2.2.2 BIOGEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES: Pathways to Production: Biogeochemical Processes in Kimberley Coastal Waters www.wamsi.org.au/biogeochemical-processes
2.2.3 BENTHIC COMMUNITY PRODUCTION: Benthic community production and response to environmental forcing www.wamsi.org.au/benthic-community-production
2.2.4 SEAGRASS Benthic primary productivity: production and herbivory of seagrasses, macroalgae and microalgae www.wamsi.org.au /seagrass
The $30 million Kimberley Marine Research Program is funded through major investment supported by $12 million from the Western Australian government co-invested by the WAMSI partners and supported by the Traditional Owners of the Kimberley.