Scientists have confirmed that under global warming, stronger swings of climate variability, on top of the warming trend, will enhance the likelihood of marine heatwave risks off the Kimberley coast.
Western Australian scientists say it’s now clear that global ocean warming is catching up with Kimberley coral reefs.
The differences between how government, industry and the general public want to see the Kimberley region developed could be better understood by effectively identifying and mapping social values, according to researchers.
Scientists have developed new framework for assessing likely impacts of dredging on coral populations, and for evaluating the timeframes and likelihood of population recovery from impacts.
Advice from researchers with Kimberley experience is being integrated with input from saltwater Traditional Owners and Indigenous Rangers to develop a protocol for researcher engagement on Country.
Scientists are working on the final stage of developing models that could estimate the likely effect of changes in population, tourism and climate in the Kimberley to better predict what the future may look like.
While unusually warm sea temperatures in the Kimberley region threaten to cause further coral bleaching, researchers and rangers have been working to provide the first detailed look into the process of fish and coral replenishment and the importance of marine plants in the ecosystem
Scientists have tested a breakthrough in sensing sediment risks to reefs that uses bundles of fibre optic sensors and hundreds of countersunk holes to mimic coral.
An examination of whether dredging operations suspended during generic windows of environmental sensitivity could reduce the impacts on marine life has found the marine invertebrates, seagrasses and macroalgae too diverse to be covered by a one-size-fits-all approach.
Early stages of fish life, such as eggs and larvae, are most likely to suffer lethal impacts from dredging-related stress according to new research.
A three-years study combined science and traditional knowledge to uncover some of the secrets of this fascinting environment.
Saltwater crocodile numbers are on the rise in northern Western Australia, according to new research, with ecologists predicting they will continue moving into more highly populated areas.
WAMSI science discovers a new bioindicator to assist with monitoring sediment-related stress in corals - mucus.
Working groups for decommissioning have been held, and are being organised for environmental baselines, marine noise, modelling and observing.