TITLE

A Voyage of Discovery

PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
Ecos;Oct/Nov2005, Issue 127, p26
SOURCE TYPE
Blog Entry
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that marine researchers recently spent four weeks on the Marine National Facility research vessel, Southern Surveyor, mapping the seabed and surveying biodiversity in previously unstudied areas along Australia's west coast. The expedition was part of a major initiative by the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship, supported by the National Oceans Office. Already Australia's oceans drive 8 to 10 per cent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product. That's more than agriculture, more than mining, and about 75 per cent of all the building and construction income of the nation. The Southern Surveyor's expedition was planned to widen that understanding by carefully targeting observations at special places on the seabed landscape that are either predicted to be high priorities for management, or where biodiversity hot-spots are believed to exist. The ocean has always been dangerous and difficult to explore, but a pivotal point has been reached. Affordable access to sophisticated remote access tools and technology such as the Southern Surveyor's new swath mapper, are now opening exciting new opportunities for ocean discovery.
ACCESSION #
19214134

 

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