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Shelf-oceanic dynamics of surface environmental parameters in the Kangaroo Island-Bonney Coast region


Foo, D and McMahon, C and Hindell, M and Goldsworthy, S, Shelf-oceanic dynamics of surface environmental parameters in the Kangaroo Island-Bonney Coast region, Marine and Freshwater Research, 72, (5) pp. 679-692. ISSN 1323-1650 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/MF20100


The shelf and oceanic waters of the Kangaroo Island–Bonney Coast region are important foraging habitats for top marine predators in the ecosystem; however, the dynamics between the two distinct water types have not been investigated. This study examined the spatial and temporal variability of oceanographic parameters in the southern waters of Australia (36–43°S, 136–141°E) associated with the Bonney Upwelling (shelf) and subtropical front (STF; oceanic). Using satellite data from 1997 to 2016, we found that productive oceanic waters were associated with the STF and eddy activity; they were generally furthest from the shelf break in spring–summer (upwelling season on the shelf) and closest to the shelf break in winter–autumn (downwelling season on the shelf). Inter-annual variabilities of chlorophyll-a concentration (Chl-a), sea-surface temperature and sea surface-height anomaly were generally higher in summer than in winter for both shelf and oceanic waters. El Niño–Southern Oscillation, Southern Annular Mode and Indian Ocean Dipole were cross-correlated with anomalous shelf and oceanic Chl-a at various lagged times (range = 15–0 months). This study provides a regional perspective of the spatial and temporal oceanographic variability in southern Australian waters, which may help with understanding apex-predator ecology in the ecosystem.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fur seal, foraging, ecology, marine mammals, oceanography, pelagic zone
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Foo, D (Dr Dahlia Foo)
UTAS Author:Hindell, M (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:142224
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-12-23
Last Modified:2021-05-05

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