SA’s estuarine and marine waters encompass an enormous area and many diverse ecosystems including the Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth, SA’s unique gulfs, numerous off-shore islands and a large portion of the Great Australian Bight. MISA Ecosystem Services is establishing the infrastructure and scientific capability to ensure that the interaction and effects of the fishing, aquaculture and eco-tourism industries on the marine environment are understood and managed appropriately.
MISA is providing the capability to establish large scale, ongoing, multi-disciplinary research that involves broad-scale baseline monitoring, focused assessments of individual industries, investigations of ecological processes and data integration and modelling. Additional capabilities have been provided in the areas of:
- ecosystems modelling
- oceanography (PDF document)
- marine chemistry
- seagrass ecology
- plankton biology
- ecology of large vertebrates
- ecological monitoring
MISA is also working to establish several marine research platforms for work in coastal waters and shelf areas to 200 metres, including ocean sensor systems and high-resolution spatial data.
SAIMOS Science Plan and Five Year Strategic Plan 2009-2013
Significant marine science questions posed by the community are outlined in a document produced by South Australia’s key ocean observing network, the Southern Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (SAIMOS). Observing strategies needed to address these questions are detailed with an emphasis on the integration between the biological and physical aspects of oceanography.