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Southern Surveyor

Southern Surveyor's role

Southern Surveyor at Sea

The RV Southern Surveyor is a national facility available to marine scientists to explore and study Australia's oceans. It is owned and managed by CSIRO, and its operations are funded by the Australian Government to enable oceanographic, geo-science, fisheries and ecosystem research.

Southern Surveyor voyages in the past year or so have investigated:

  • PULSE: Role of rapid and seasonal mixed-layer dynamics in Southern Ocean plankton production and air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide and particulate carbon fluxes to the ocean interior
  • Characterising the monsoonal atmosphere and ocean near Darwin – a contribution to the Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE)
  • Arafura Sea Marine Survey: Identifying potential natural hydrocarbon seeps and petroleum resources, including sea floor mapping and classification of Australia’s central northern EEZ.
  • Instrument deployment submarine volcanic and hydrothermal activity in the New Hebrides
  • blue grenadier spawning areas and giant green crab habitat off western Tasmania;
  • the geology and tectonic evolution of the Mellish Rise off north-eastern Australia.

Voyages off Western Australia have studied:

  • Mesoscale Eddies as coastal pumps: quantifying eddy-mediated cross-shelf transport of nutrients,_production and fish larvae off the WA coast.
  • Characterising benthic habitats and sedimentary processes of southwest Australian margin, including developing an understanding of the petroleum potential of the East Mentelle Basin.
  • seasonal changes in productivity and marine communities; and
  • ocean eddies and their effect on the recruitment of young fish to fisheries.

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Vessel capabilities

Southern Surveyor can support research in:

  • oceanography and climatology;
  • fisheries, marine ecosystem and marine environmental research;
  • a wide range of marine geoscience; and
  • multi-disciplinary marine research.

Southern Surveyor can operate throughout Australian waters.

Details of Southern Surveyor voyages and research are available through Voyage Schedules and Research Voyages.

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For more information contact Ron Plaschke

Updated 23/10/12

 

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