MISA logo.Government of South Australia logo. Link to Ministers' website.Link to sa.gov.au - find what you're looking for

John Middelton

Associate Professor John Middleton, the inaugural MISA scientist, reminded us that although oceans dictate climate, little is known about ocean currents and the fundamental planktonic ecosystems they support and which sustain our valuable fisheries and aquaculture industries. In his talk ‘The biophysical landscape of the southern Australian shelves: measurement, modelling, climate and climate change’, John discussed the progress being made in a world-leading study using the Southern Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (SAIMOS). This national initiative is now providing data to understand the climate of ocean biophysical systems and thus has the capacity to monitor the effects of climate change. Scientists from SARDI Aquatic Sciences and Flinders University are now developing a hydrodynamic and biogeochemical modelling facility to put this data to work to provide scenario studies of possible climate change and impacts on both the shelves and gulfs for the SA region and eastern Victoria.