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South Australia's Sea Lions as Ocean Observers

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Description
Over the 3 summers 2008-2011, up to 40 Australian sea lion adult males carried state-of-the-art satellite transmitters as they traverse some of southern Australia’s most remote and biologically-productive waters. more

This project is funded by the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS - www.imos.org.au) through the Australian Acoustic Tagging and Monitoring System (AATAMS http://imos.org.au/aatams.html). The maritime expeditions of the Australian sea lions are now yielding data that are important to both biologists and oceanographers and refining our understanding of the intimate connections between the mechanics of the Earth’s oceans, and the complex ecosystems which dwell within and upon them. This is a truly interdisciplinary project, bringing together biologists studying living systems and oceanographers studying marine physics. The maritime expeditions of the Australian sea lions are now yielding data that are important to both biologists and oceanographers and refining our understanding of the intimate connections between the mechanics of the Earth’s oceans, and the complex ecosystems which dwell within and upon them. This is an extremely cost-effective means of adding to existing global oceanographic data archives. It has the potential to complement existing sampling methods, especially for regions from which data are scarce and where these alternative methods may be difficult or prohibitively expensive to implement. Importanly, this approach provides a mechanism of targeting the collection of physical oceanographic data from regions that are biologically of interest (ie. where high trophic level predators feed), therefore providing greater insights into how physical ocean processes underpin marine ecosystems and commercial fisheries.

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Keywords:
Marine

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Metadatarecord created: 2013-06-26
Information last updated: 2014-07-01
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