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Title
Fate of kelp detritus from coastal reefs to the deep sea
Description

Understanding pathways of carbon cycling and storage by natural ecosystems, and how these are influenced by climate, is an urgent challenge in the Anthropocene. The presence of Dense Shelf Water (DSW) transport or underwater rivers around Australia, may provide an efficient mechanism for rapid transport of kelp detritus from coastal reefs to the deep ocean. However, relationships between current velocities, detritus characteristics and transport rates are unknown and the extent to which the detritus is remineralised or consumed on the journey from reef to shelf break is highly uncertain. Moreover, climate change could itself modify coastal currents and modes of detritus production and delivery. In this project you will use field observations and numerical modelling and using particle tracking techniques to define role of cross shelf transport in the offshore transport of kelp detritus to seasonally changing forcing and into the future under climate change scenarios

Payment type
Fortnightly Stipend
Value
$30000
Value unit
Per annum
Basis of award
Academic Achievement
Eligibility
At least First Class Honours degree or equivalent, or Master Degree in Oceanography, Marine Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or cognate subjects.
Nationality
Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, International
Study area
Oceanography
Commencement date
01/06/2022
Applications open
25/01/2022
Applications close
30/04/2022
Tenable At
University of Western Australia
Currently available
Yes
Application status
Closed