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Antarctic seals going where no scientist can


Williams, GD, Antarctic seals going where no scientist can, The Australian - Rick Morton, The Australian, Australia, Online, 4 SEPTEMBER 2014, p. 1. (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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A SMALL army of elephant seals fitted with satellite transmitters are helping the world’s climate scientists get a better understanding of the oceans in one of the discipline’s most important regions, the Antarctic. Researchers from Australia, France, Sweden and Britain published their Southern Indian Ocean hydrographic profiles — temperature and salinity data — collected by 207 "instrumented elephant seals" in the journal Scientific Data, affiliated with Nature, this week. Scientists have tagged the seals with transmitters since 2004 to learn more about how the environment affected their foraging and reproductive behaviours but realised quickly the animals were, by sheer virtue of their ability to roam where man-made objects cannot, collecting extraordinarily valuable data.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:elephant seals, satellite transmitters, Ocean data
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Williams, GD (Associate Professor Guy Williams)
ID Code:94958
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-09-22
Last Modified:2014-09-22

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