New research has confirmed that corals reefs along the Kimberley coastline will not recover quickly from an extreme event such as mass coral bleaching, unless local populations survive.
Historical records from seabed sediment cores have revealed that the warming climate and increased rainfall in Australia’s North West could in fact be creating ideal conditions for the increased production of one of nature’s most important indicators of ocean health.
The natural mysteries of the Kimberley, one of Australia's last pristine habitats, have been documented like never before thanks to a multi-million-dollar project.
The report, “Strategic Integrated Marine Science for the Kimberley Region”, released today by the Minister for Science Hon. Dave Kelly MLA could hold the key to answering global questions about how some ecosystems survive under extreme environmental conditions.
Lesson plans taking data from real research projects are now online to provide students with the opportunity to develop their data science skills based on crocodile and whale surveys.
We used cutting edge genomics technologies to measure geographic patterns in the genetic diversity of marine animals and plants in the Kimberley, through which we can estimate movement - information important for management of the region.
Research has shown that the success of marine resource management is influenced by the levels of trust that exists between decision-makers and the rest of society.
An international team of researchers has developed and tested a conservation tool for the Kimberley region that can predict how marine species may fair under different climate and development scenarios.
Researchers looking into the declining number of long-distance shorebirds say there may also be losses due to habitat pressure in the Kimberley.
Researchers have been studying how giant tides in the west Kimberley flush reefs with water rich in nutrients and phytoplankton, which are food sources for seagrass, algae, coral, and other reef organisms.