The La Nina phenomenon responsible for the devastating Queensland floods is also affecting Western Australia and will continue to do so until at least middle of 2011, according to a leading researcher at the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia.
Six PhD students and four postdoctorate researchers from The UWA Oceans Institute presented their recent work at the Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas (PECS) conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Biological and physical oceanographers from the Oceans Institute, led by Winthrop Professor Chari Pattiaratchi, have teamed up with the CSIRO to study wintertime continental slope and shelf processes along south-west WA.
Researchers from the Oceans Institute within The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are to embark on a three-week field trip to one of WA's most remote regions to investigate ocean circulation and its influence on the ecology of Camden Sound in the Kimberley.
Between 1967 and 1999, more than 3,000 hectares of seagrass were lost from Cockburn Sound.
Now, Siegy Kraus, Kingsley Dixon and Liz Sinclair from Kings Park, Gary Kendrick, Marion Cambridge and Renae Hovey from UWA's Oceans Institute, and PhD student John Statton are uncovering the best methods for restoring seagrasses through the Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Plan (SRRP).
A summary of the speakers talks and the subsequent discussion fromThe UWA Oceans Institute Coastal and Oceans Institute Forum follows. A link to the lectopia recording of the evenings proceedings can be found at: