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Research Projects

The Great Australian Bight Research Program bought together multidisciplinary research teams organised around seven major research themes.

Theme 7 Integration & Atlantis/EwE ModellingTheme 4 Ecology Iconic Species & Apex PredatorsTheme 1 OceanographyTheme 6 Socio-economicsTheme 2 Pelagic Ecosystem & Environmental DriversTheme 5 Petroleum Geology & GeochemistryTheme 3 - Benthic BiodiversityDiagram of the Great Australian Bight Research Program

The Great Australian Bight Research Program focuses on seven inter-related research themes.

The oceanography, ecology, and geochemistry of the Bight were studied together with the socio-economic research on communities and business dependent on the region.

The aim of the program was to help balance human activity and sustainability; to ensure future developments co-exist with the area's environment, industries and the community.

The seven closely linked research themes comprise a significant body of work designed to address information targeted by BP, CSIRO, SARDI, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University:

  1. Oceanography
  2. Open-water (pelagic) ecosystem and environmental drivers
  3. Sea floor (benthic) biodiversity
  4. Ecology of iconic species and apex predators
  5. Petroleum geology and geochemistry
  6. Socio-economic analysis
  7. Integration and modelling

Theme synthesis reports

Evans K, Rogers P and Goldsworthy S (2017). Theme 4: Ecology of iconic species and apex predators. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 37, 19pp.

Kloser R and van Ruth P (2017). Theme 2: Pelagic Ecosystem and Environmental Drivers. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 35, 21pp.

Middleton J.F., Griffin D, Luick J, Herzfeld M, James C and Oke P (2017). Theme 1: Physical Oceanography of the Great Australian Bight. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 34, 18pp.

Pascoe S, Beer A, Thredgold C, Young M and Whetton S (2017). Theme 6: Socio-economic analysis. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 39, 24pp.

Ross A and Kempton R (2017). Theme 5: Petroleum Geochemistry of the Great Australian Bight. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 38, 25pp.

Williams A and Tanner J.E (2017). Theme 3: Characterisation and assessment of deep-sea benthic biodiversity in the Great Australian Bight. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 36, 16pp.

 


 

The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide, and Flinders University.