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Integration and modelling


Atlantis is an ecosystem model that considers all parts of marine ecosystems. The Atlantis model will be used in the Great Australian Bight Research Program to provide a whole of system model for the region.

The Great Australian Bight Research Program will generate extensive new knowledge about this globally significant region. This information will be integrated to improve our understanding of how the Great Australian Bight ecosystem functions, including the key physical, chemical and biological drivers of ecosystem structure; the vulnerability of key habitats, trophic pathways and species to potential ecosystem stressors and their combined effects; and the socio-economic and ecological trade-offs associated with multiple use.

Different models (Atlantis and Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE)) will be used to integrate existing and new information, creating an integrated model of how the biological and physical systems of the Great Australian Bight are linked and influenced by the environment around them.

A scientific report will be produced summarising current knowledge of the system and implications for future research, monitoring and management.

Integration and modelling project

Knowledge integration and application; modelling the ecosystems of the Great Australia Bight. Project Leaders: Associate Professor Tim Ward, SARDI; Dr Beth Fulton, CSIRO; and Professor Simon Goldsworthy, SARDI.

Final reports

Ward T.M., Middleton J, Griffin D, Kloser R, van Ruth P, Goldsworthy S, Davies C, Williams A, Tanner J, Ross A, Young M, Beer A, Pascoe S, Kempton R, Fulton E and Bulman C (2017). Socio-ecological systems of the Great Australian Bight: synthesis of results and findings. Final Synthesis Report GABRP Project 7.1. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 28, 90pp.

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.

Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE)
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 an existing model of the eastern Great Australian Bight and Spencer Gulf to cover the entire Great Australian Bight region.

 


 

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.