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Project Overview: A range of solutions will be required to reach globally agreed emissions reductions targets for carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is part of the suite of techno... morelogies that will contribute to lowering atmospheric emissions of CO2 from Australia's energy system. There are a wide variety of technologies at various stages of technical and commercial readiness, with more development underway for cost effective CO2 capture and storage. Our research will provide new knowledge to inform cost-efficient measurement, monitoring and verification (MMV) of the environment of CCS projects in coastal waters.
[NOTE: this record is only for the video and image data]
Nineteen 750 m towed video transects were completed. Site locations were chosen to coincide with dive locations to be surveyed on the second voyage in April 2018. To ensure video transects intersected seabed features of interest (dunes), transects were oriented parallel to the shore line (NE to SE), perpendicular to the dunes. Data feeds included HD video, still images of the seafloor (5s intervals) and water quality information from an ecotriplet, CTD and LiCor instrument. Habitat characteristics were characterised using the video and “Tappity” underway classification system.
The system performed well with no issues except an occasional intermittent GPS feed and slight over exposure in the still images. Water visibility was variable and generally more turbid inshore where there were high densities of gelatinous matter in the water column near the seabad (<5 m visibility). Although this level of visibility reduced the ability to see the seafloor in the video substantially, the broad level habitat classifications provided by the Tappitty system are considered reliable.
Habitat characteristics were largely as expected with 15 of the 19 sites dominated by course to medium sand, sparse seagrass and drifting macroalgae. The four remaining sites were dominated by low relief reef with Ecklonia, low-foliose macoalgae, sponges and gorgonians. Sand and sparse seagrass habitats tended to be located offshore and the low relief reef sites tended to be located inshore and toward the northern boundary of the survey area i.e. sites 2,17,13,14. No issues were encountered with the water quality logging equipment or data collection.less
Assessment of MMV methodologies for subsea CCS: seabed and water column monitoring - Towed Video - Published 05 Feb 2020
Bio-physical, ecological and social information have been used to parameterise two computer models able to simulate (ALCES and Ecopath with Ecosim [EwE]) land, coastal and marine processes. A careful ... moreexamination of a large volume of publications from the academic, private and public sector has also allowed us to identify a number of climate and social economic development scenarios the Kimberly region may experience in the decades to comeless
WAMSI-Kim 2.2.8 MSE Modelling Knowledge - MSE modelling and ecosystem modelling - Published 22 Nov 2019
Reproduction and recruitment underlie the maintenance of biological communities. For most marine organisms the ocean environment provides the potential for widespread dispersal of organisms during var... moreious life cycle stages via currents, tides and wind.
Within the Kimberley region, key biological communities have a range of reproductive modes. Understanding patterns of larval connectivity is critical to managing the exposure of biological communities to disturbances in space and time.
KSN Project 1.1.3 employed genomic tools (microsatellite DNA markers and single nucleotide polymorphisms) and microchemistry to provide the first comprehensive measurements of the distances moved by marine organisms between Kimberley reefs, and how frequently organisms move between the Kimberley and other regions (e.g. offshore shoals, the Pilbara). The research also identified potential barriers to movement. Seven organisms (two
hard corals, two seagrasses, a mollusc, two fishes) were chosen as models for exploring connectivity in the Kimberley at both fine and broad scales.
This metadata record applies to three of the seven species investigated as part of project WAMSI 2 KSN 1.1.3. The data held is Raw SNP genotype. Metadata records associated with other species and lodged by AIMS, WA Museum, Curtin University, Department of Fisheries (WA) and Edith Cowan University can be accessed via Pawsey.
WAMSI-Kim 1.1.3 Ecological connectivity - Survey - Published 25 Oct 2019
Datasets of standing dead tree and down woody debris attributes from the multi-century Eucalyptus salubris (gimlet) time since fire chronosequence in the Great Western Woodlands, south-western Austral... moreia. These data include measures of piece sizes, densities, volumes and biomass, and have been used in the publication:
Gosper, C.R., Yates C.J., Fox, E. and Prober, S.M. (in press) Time since fire and prior fire interval shape coarse woody debris dynamics in obligate-seeder woodlands. Ecosphereless
TERN: Great Western Woodlands - Eucalyptus salubris chronosequence - Published 20 Sep 2019
Dataset of bird survey results at the multi-century Eucalyptus salubris (gimlet) chronosequence in the Great Western Woodlands, south-western Australia. This data has been used to describe responses o... moref bird species, functional groups and community composition to time since fire (Gosper et al. 2019 Biol Cons 230, 82-90; Gosper et al. in press Ecol Appl). less
TERN: Great Western Woodlands - - Published 02 Aug 2019
These images of terrestrial biodiversity habitats across Australia relate to a project that aimed to construct and test a method for habitat condition data capture across Australia using expert elicit... moreation. The images in this collection were assembled from various sources to represent habitats from a wide variety of vegetation types and climates in a variety of different condition states (from ‘good’ to ‘poor’). These images represent a continent-wide library suitable for various purposes, including training and validation of model-based approaches to habitat condition assessment.less
Habitat condition data capture using expert elicitation - National Reference Library of Expert Site Condition Assessments - Published 23 May 2019
Land that is owned or managed by Australia’s Indigenous communities, or over which Indigenous people have use and rights, was compiled from information supplied by Australian, state and territory gove... morernments and other statutory authorities with Indigenous land and sea management interests. Indigenous land and sea interests was comprised of:
a) Indigenous tenure for Australia (Aboriginal Reserve, Aboriginal Deed of Grant, Aboriginal Freehold Land (inalienable and alienable), Aboriginal Local Government Lease, Aboriginal held lease (other than pastoral), Aboriginal held pastoral lease, Multi feature Aboriginal freehold – National Parks) (1,105,992 km2);
b) Indigenous Protected Areas IPAs including sea country (684,124 km2);
c) Native title outcomes for areas within determinations
a. exclusive possession (851,117 km2), and
b. non-exclusive possession (1,500,776 km2) ;
d) Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database 2014 – (Aboriginal Areas, and National Park Aboriginal) – (16,790 km2).
Note 1: overlaps have been removed between tenure types (a-d).
Note 2: Registered native title claims (yet to be determined) and Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) are excluded
DoE: RFQ 1415-0422 Lead authors for biod - Spatial analysis of Indigenous land interests - Published 03 Apr 2019
The Secretariat to the Australian Landcare Council provided a table summarising government and non-government investment programs in ILM. We used this table to guide our searching of web sites and oth... moreer documents to compile an Excel spreadsheet which now includes 2,229 records of separate projects. We were not able to source complete data on a number of the identified sources of investment, including those from State governments, investments by private corporations and not-for-profit organisations. Nevertheless, the data set is the most comprehensive that has ever been assembled on ILM in Australia. While substantial literature exists on Indigenous land management, the relevant documents are widely scattered across internet sites, in diverse State and Territory jurisdictions, in regional and local government and non-government organisations, and across sectoral boundaries (e.g. water management reports, biodiversity management reports). We anticipate that the opportunities and barriers faced by Indigenous land managers may vary across locations, sectors and local/regional/national scales. A simple national maps was produced demonstrating the locations of specific studies contained within reviewed literature. less
CLSD 1173.3 DAFF Indigenous land manag - Spatial analysis of the investment of funding for Indigenous land and sea managment - Published 11 Feb 2019
Land-use change due to agriculture has a major influence on arthropod biodiversity, and may influence species differently depending on their traits. It is unclear how species traits vary across differ... moreent land uses and their edges, with most studies focussing on single habitat types and overlooking edge effects. We examined variation in morphological traits of carabid beetles (Coleoptera:Carabidae) on both sides of edges between woodlands and four adjoining, but contrasting farmland uses in an agricultural landscape. less
Legacy data - - Published 24 Jun 2018
Seasonal differences in beetle assemblages in woodland remnants compared with four adjoining farmland uses in a highly modified agricultural landscape in eleven sites in the Lachlan River Catchment, N... moreew South Wales, Australia. We used a split-plot sampling design where each remnant patch was matched with the four different farmland matrix types. We sampled beetles along a 400 m transect from 200 m in each patch out into 200 m in each of the four adjoining farmland matrix types. We then sampled beetles with a pair of pitfall traps located at each end of the transect: 200 m inside the remnant patch and 200 m in the adjoining farmland matrix. Individual traps from each pair were placed on either side of a drift fence (60 cm long x 10 cm high) to help direct arthropods into the trap. Traps were plastic jars (6.5 cm diameter, 250 ml) dug into the ground with the rim level with the soil surface, filled with 100 ml of preservative (1:3 glycol – water mixture, and a drop of detergent to reduce surface tension). We sampled from the same pitfall trap locations during two distinct periods of the cropping cycle: spring when crops were at peak flowering, and summer after crop harvest (stubble retained). A total of 88 pairs of traps (11 replicate sites x 4 transects x 2 trap pairs) were opened for 14 days during spring (October–November 2014) and summer (January–February 2015).
Acquired - - Published 07 Nov 2017
This collection provides additional analyses, figures and tables for an integrated risk assessment of natural, cultural and economic assets in the Kakadu Region of northern Australia, from the combine... mored threats of invasive species (feral animals & aquatic weeds) and climate change induced sea level rise saltwater inundation. It addresses cumulative multiple risks to multiple values over different time frames (Present-day, 2070 & 2100).less
Legacy data - Modelling - Published 25 Sep 2017
In April 2014 and March 2015 surveys of coral populations were undertaken at Enderby and West Lewis Islands in the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. The corals investigated in this study were Ac... moreropora millepora, Turbinaria mesenterina and massive Porites spp. (mainly P. lobata and P. lutea). For each species, population size-frequency distributions were obtained by recording the size of all colonies within a one metre distance on either side of permanent transects (60 m2). Using the permanent transect as a reference point, the locations of all colonies were recorded, and all colonies were tagged, measured and photographed. Tagged colonies were re-located and re-measured approximately one year later. A total of 737 corals were examined; 473 corals from Enderby Island and 264 from West Lewis Islands. Similar numbers of massive Porites (279), T. mesenterina (229) and A. millepora (272) colonies were tagged. Of the colonies tagged 733 corals were re-located a year later and assessed for survival, growth, partial mortality and fission.less
WAMSI-Dredg T4 Coral response - Demographic processes in corals of Dampier Archipelago - Published 16 May 2017
Summarises all available aerial survey data and metadata used to characterise the long-term distribution and abundance of magpie geese in the Northern Territory undertaken by different institutions an... mored publically available in several journals (Appendix A). Summarised also are results from a PhD study (E. Ligtermoet) documenting the cultural harvesting values of magpie geese ascertained by interviews with Kakadu Traditional Owners (2011-2015). less
Legacy data - Biological Survey - Published 15 Dec 2016