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Biodiveristy & Ecosystems

SA’s estuarine and marine waters encompass an enormous area and many diverse ecosystems including the Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth, SA’s unique gulfs, numerous off-shore islands and a large portion of the Great Australian Bight. MISA Biodiversity and Ecosystems has the infrastructure and scientific capability to ensure that the interaction and effects of the fishing, aquaculture and eco-tourism industries on the marine environment are understood and managed appropriately. MISA has the capability to establish large scale, ongoing, multi-disciplinary research that involves broad-scale baseline monitoring, focused assessments of individual industries, investigations of ecological processes and data integration and modelling. Additional capabilities exists in the areas of:

  • ecosystems modelling
  • oceanography
  • marine chemistry
  • biogeochemistry
  • seagrass ecology
  • plankton biology
  • ecology of large vertebrates
  • ecological monitoring

South Australian Integrated Marine Observing System

SARDI leads the South Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (SAIMOS), National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

Through SARDI's oceanography research shelf data streams are collected for the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

A recent research output through a collaborative project with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) was the development of eSA-Marine maps which describe the ocean conditions in near-real time for Australia's southern coast.

Great Australian Bight Research Program

Another recent output has been the publications from a multi-disciplinary four-year research program improving our understanding of the environmental, economic and social values of the Great Australian Bight. The Great Australian Bight Research Program was a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

Spencer Gulf Ecosystem and Development Initiative

The Spencer Gulf Ecosystem Development Initiative (SGEDI) helps facilitate change and maintain the integrity of the Gulf sets out to drive sound outcomes for all gulf users and the environment. This has been supported by corporate investment from BHP Billiton, Santos, Arrium, Alinta, Nystar, Centrex, Flinders Ports and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Research partners are the University of Adelaide, SARDI and Flinders University.