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Title:

FRDC-DCCEE: adapting to the effects of climate change on Australia’s deep marine reserves

Project Number:

2010-510

Organisation:

CSIRO Land and Water Canberra

Principal Investigator:

Ronald Thresher

Project Status:

Completed

FRDC Expenditure:

$89,326.72

Program(s):

Environment

Final Report - 2010-510-DLD - FRDC-DCCEE: adapting to the effects of climate change on Australia’s deep marine reserves

Final Report
ISBN:978-­0-643-‐10949­‐0
ISSN:
Author(s):
Date Published:September 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr R. E. Thresher

Keywords: Climate change, Coldwater coral reefs, Ocean acidification, Deep-‐sea fisheries, Seamounts, SE Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

 
Summary:
OUTCOMES ACHIEVED TO DATE
To date, this project has 
(1) determined that climate change in general, and ocean acidification in particular, is likely to result in the loss over the next  century of the  cold-­‐water coral reefs that characterize seamounts in the SE Commonwealth Marine Reserve 
(2) identified possible refugia habitats along the continental shelf of southern Australia
(3) identified possible adaptation strategies that involve assisted translocation of the reefs and the use of artificial substrates to provide suitable hard ground for coral growth
(4) raised the need with key stakeholders for workshop to assess the feasibility of these strategies and to consider other  options for maintaining the viability of these deepwater ecosystems

Objectives

1. 1. To develop practical options for DEWHA to manage the impacts of climate change on the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve

2. 2. To develop a generic model that can be applied to forecasting the impacts of climate change on other deep sea biota