Environmental research, maps and data for tropical Australia

Recent articles

  • Published on
    26 May 2022
    We used data from satellite telemetry tags attached to six species of threatened and migratory marine megafauna across three taxonomic groups (marine turtles, whales and sharks) off the coast of north-western Australia to map their areas of use. We then compiled spatial data from a range of threats and overlayed species and threat maps to assess the level of exposure of the species to threats. In doing so we can identify areas where there is high exposure of species to threats, where risk assessments can be best directed with resulting management actions if needed in order to protect these species.
  • Published on
    26 May 2022
    We use genetics to estimate how far and wide oyster larvae can disperse to assist in setting biologically relevant spatial boundaries and harvest limits for oysters.
  • Published on
    26 May 2022
    To assist in recovery of the population, spatial areas of importance to pygmy blue whales, known as Biologically Important Areas (BIA), have been identified by the Australian Government. The AIMS team and collaborators Centre for Whale Research and Curtin University set out to reduce uncertainty in identifying where important foraging areas for this species and their migration pathways and distribution exist, and the extent to which they overlap with anthropogenic activities by deploying satellite tags.
  • Published on
    26 May 2022
    Key Ecological Features (KEFs) are parts of the marine ecosystem considered to be of particular importance for either a region's biodiversity or its ecosystem function and integrity. 13 KEFs have been defined for Australia’s North-west Marine Region, including the ‘Ancient Coastline at 125m depth contour’ (AC125). The AC125 is thought to “provide areas of hard substrate and therefore may provide sites for higher diversity and enhanced species richness relative to surrounding areas of predominantly soft sediment.” Little is known about what habitats exist on the sea floor in the AC125. Part of the reason is that the AC125 is very deep, and thus difficult to observe. The North West Shoals to Shore Research Program took underwater photographs and video of the seafloor to better understand each AC125 Area within its local context.
  • Published on
    23 April 2021
    This site provides an introduction to cumulative impacts on coral reefs and outlines some of the latest research into understanding the interactive effects of these impacts and which affect different coral types the most.   

Recent datasets

Published on 10 May 2022

This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub small-scale study - "Sawfish bycatch mitigation workshop for northern Australian fisheries".

Published on 10 May 2022

This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub small-scale study - "The role of dugong and turtle grazing in Torres Strait seagrass declines". For specific data outputs from this project, please see child records associated with this metadata.

Published on 10 May 2022

This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub small-scale study - "Synthesizing three decades of seagrass spatial data from Torres Strait and Gulf of Carpentaria". For specific data outputs from this project, please see child records associated with this metadata.

Published on 10 May 2022

This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub small-scale study - "Scoping Study: Horizon scan of key science questions in the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure". For specific data outputs from this project, please see child records associated with this metadata.

Published on 10 May 2022

This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub small-scale study "A roadmap for coordinated landscape-scale coastal and marine ecosystem restoration". For specific data outputs from this project, please see child records associated with this metadata.