Western Australian scientists say it’s now clear that global ocean warming is catching up with Kimberley coral reefs.
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.
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.
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
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.
Australian snubfin dolphins in the Kimberley appear to form at least three genetic populations that require careful management, according to new research.
Population growth rates of estuarine crocodiles in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia do not appear to be slowing, along with a more gradual increase in the number of large crocodiles (> 3m ~ 10 ft).