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WAMSI Lunch and Learn Seminar: The flow of energy through the Kimberley coastal system – from the land to the deep sea

Western Australian Marine Science Institution

When: Tuesday 7th June, 12:00-1:00

Where: Ningaloo/Purnululu seminar room at the Department of Parks and Wildlife Kieran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, 17 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington.

Scientists from UWA and CSIRO, representing a body of research undertaken by a large team of scientists through WAMSI's (Western Australian Marine Science Institution) Kimberley Marine Research Program, will be sharing their findings on the hydrodynamics and biogeochemistry of the Kimberley coast and the importance of land-ocean linkages in the region. 

  • Dr Jim Greenwood of CSIRO will share his learnings on shelf-scale processes that influence nutrient concentrations and primary productivity within the broader Kimberley coast. This includes results from application of 3D hydrodynamic-biogeochemical model for the region that have been used to gain insights into the relative contribution of oceanic vs terrestrial nutrient supply to coastal productivity.
  • Prof Greg Ivey from The University of Western Australia will summarise the results of extensive field and modelling work aiming to characterise hydrodynamic processes within the hyper-tidal and morphologically complex Kimberley coast.
  • Dr Matthew Hipsey also from The University of Western Australia will be discussing the results of field and numerical modelling work that has aimed to characterise the hydrodynamic and biogeochemical drivers of primary productivity in Kimberley coastal waters and how this supports the microbial food-web. Implications of the research findings for management will also be discussed.

Please, bring your lunch and join us for this interesting insight into these ecosystem interactions in a challenging and harsh environment.


The $30 million Kimberley Marine Research Program is funded through major investment supported by $12 million from the Western Australian government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy co-invested by the WAMSI partners and supported by the Traditional Owners of the Kimberley.


Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington

Tue 07 Jun 2016 To Tue 07 Jun 2016

12:00pm To 1:00pm