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Great Australian Bight Research Program

Welcome to the Great Australian Bight Research Program website.

The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a four-year, $20 million research program to improve understanding of the environmental, economic and social values of the Great Australian Bight.

It is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

This study brings together multi-disciplinary research teams comprising more than 100 of Australia's scientists and technical staff who are leaders in their field, focused on seven major research themes.

The oceanography, ecology and geochemistry of the Bight will be studied together with the socio-economic research on communities and businesses dependent on the region.

The Great Australian Bight Research Program seeks to build the first integrated model of how the biological and physical systems of the Great Australian Bight are linked and influenced by the environment around them.

The aim of the program is to help balance human activity and sustainability; to ensure future developments co-exist with the area's environment, industries and the community.

Fact sheet: Great Australian Bight Research Program fact sheet (PDF 727KB)

Highlights reports


The Great Australian Bight Research Program - Building a bigger picture of the
Bight (PDF 1,143KB)

The Great Australian Bight Research Program 2016 Progress Report (PDF 2,211KB)

Program Highlights 2013-2017 - The Great Australian Bight Research Program (PDF 4,600KB)

Theme synthesis reports

Evans K, Rogers P and Goldsworthy S (2017). Theme 4: Ecology of iconic species and apex predators. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 37, 19pp.

Kloser R and van Ruth P (2017). Theme 2: Pelagic Ecosystem and Environmental Drivers. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 35, 21pp.

Middleton J.F., Griffin D, Luick J, Herzfeld M, James C and Oke P (2017). Theme 1: Physical Oceanography of the Great Australian Bight. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 34, 18pp.

Pascoe S, Beer A, Thredgold C, Young M and Whetton S (2017). Theme 6: Socio-economic analysis. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 39, 24pp.

Ross A and Kempton R (2017). Theme 5: Petroleum Geochemistry of the Great Australian Bight. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 38, 25pp.

Williams A and Tanner J.E (2017). Theme 3: Characterisation and assessment of deep-sea benthic biodiversity in the Great Australian Bight. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 36, 16pp.

Presentations - final science symposium

Great Australian Bight Research Program Overview

Oceanography - The science that underpins
Oceanography - Circulation of the Great Australian Bight: the influence of waves and the Leeuwin current

Open water research - Lower trophic ecosystem dynamics in the Great Australian Bight
Open water research - Exploring the slope/offshore Great Australian Bight (GAB) pelagic habitat paradox

Sea-floor biodiversity

Apex predators - Status, distribution, and abundance of iconic species and apex predators in the Great Australian Bight
Apex predators - Identifying areas of ecological significance for iconic species and apex predators in the Great Australian Bight
Apex predators - Southern bluefin tuna spatial dynamics and potential impacts of noise

Petroleum systems

Socio-economic analysis - Social profile of the Eyre and Western region: literature review and community analysis
Socio-economic analysis - Regional economic baseline, economic model and scenario testing
Socio-economic analysis - fisheries baseline study and potential impacts of the development

Integration and modelling - key findings, outputs and legacy


The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide, and Flinders University.