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Multi-disciplinary teams work together across the research program.

Program participants

BP (external website)
BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. In Australia BP is engaged in the exploration and production of oil, natural gas and liquefied natural gas; and the refining, transportation and marketing of petroleum and lubricant products.

CSIRO (external website)
CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) (external website)
SARDI is the South Australian Government's principal research institute. Its Aquatic Sciences Division has particular expertise in marine ecosystems, oceanography, marine protected species, and fisheries resource sciences covering wild fisheries and aquaculture.

The University of Adelaide (external website)
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top one percent of universities in the world.

Flinders University (external website)
Flinders University has an international reputation for high quality research that includes a strong record of discovery and innovation in the areas of marine, environmental and earth sciences.

Program links 

Atlantis - Ecosystem Model (external website)
CSIRO's Atlantis model, is an ecosystem model that considers all parts of marine ecosystems - biophysical, economic and social. Originally focused on the biophysical world, and then fisheries, it has grown to begin to be used for multiple use and climate questions. The Atlantis model will be used in the Great Australian Bight Research Program to provide a whole of system model for the region.

Blue Whale Study (external website)
Blue Whale Study (BWS) undertakes blue whale research, investigating the ecology of blue whales in the biologically rich upwelling waters off south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia. Their primary research focus has been aerial surveys which show the distribution of blue whales across a wide area over multiple seasons. As part of the Great Australian Bight Research Program three aerial surveys will be undertaken in the Great Australian Bight region during 2015/16 season to better understand movement and utilisation of this region by cetaceans.

Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) (external website)
Ecopath with Ecosim is a free ecological/ecosystem modelling software suite. It is the most widely used marine ecosystem modelling platform in the world. The Great Australian Bight Research Program aims to expand existing models of the eastern Great Australian Bight, Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent to cover the entire Great Australian Bight region.

Fish tagging in the Great Australian Bight - CSIRO (external website)
Tagging southern bluefin tuna in the Great Australian Bight

Great Australian Bight macroinfauna scratchpad (external website) 
Part of the Great Australian Bight Research Program's activities have included a benthic survey at sites including the Great Australian Bight Marine Park and within BP lease blocks at depths of 200 to 2000m. The survey aims to identify biodiversity metrics such as endemism or species richness and provide baseline data against which possible future human impact might be measured. Identification and analysis of macroinfaunal invertebrates was carried out by taxonomists at Museum Victoria.

The scratchpad website summarises the diversity of taxa from this research and serve as a repository for the taxonomic data, basic descriptions, images and illustrations of these macroinfauna.

Great Australian Bight survey (external website)
Aboard Australia's previous Marine National research vessel, the Southern Surveyor, scientists surveyed the Bight in depths of 200 to 2000 metres - collecting the deepest set of samples ever taken from the area (video).

Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) (external website)
IMOS operates a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia's coastal and open oceans, making it accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators. Their network provides the Great Australian Bight Research Program with valuable real-time data to better understand the physical and biological feature of the region. IMOS is one of the national research infrastructure capabilities supported under the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). 

Marine National Facility (MNF) (external website)
Funded by the Australian Government and operated by CSIRO, the Marine National Facility provides a blue-water research capability to the Australian scientific community and their international collaborators. The 94m research vessel, Investigator, enables multidisciplinary research in the oceans and seas around Australia. The Great Australian Bight Research Program is chartering the Investigator for a month voyage in 2015 to characterise deep-water pelagic and benthic community structure and identify key ecological processes in the Great Australian Bight. 

Museum Victoria (external website)
Museum Victoria undertakes research in the fields of science and humanities, using the museum's collections and expert staff to further what we know about the social and natural history of Victoria and beyond. Taxonomists at the museum will be identify and analyse infauna and larger organisms recovered from deep water sediments collected during the Great Australian Research Program voyages. This information will help characterise the biological diversity and structure of sea floor communities in the Great Australian Bight. 

Southern Surveyor - research charter, April 2013 (external website)
Previously part of Australia's Marine National Facility, the Southern Surveyor was chartered by the Great Australian Bight Research Program in April 2013 to undertake a survey of the Great Australian Bight. The charter focused on studying the benthic ecosystems and natural hydrocarbon seepage in deep (200-3,000m) waters of the region. Details of the voyage are available on CSIRO's Ocean's and Atmosphere's webpage.

TERM - Australia model (external website)
The Enormous Regional Model (TERM)-Australia, run through Victoria University, is a multiregional economic model of Australia. TERM-Australia is a powerful tool for short-run and long-run analysis of economic shocks affecting Australia and its regions. The Eyre Peninsula and West Coast region of South Australia in TERM-Australia has been updated through the Great Australian Bight Research Program. 

World Ocean Day - CSIRO blog (external website)
Gifts of the GAB: five not-so-fishy facts about the Great Australian Bight




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.