Measuring the dynamics and thresholds of tropical deepwater seagrasses

Rasheed, Michael A., McCormack, Cath, Chartrand, Katie, Ralph, Peter, Thomas, Ross, and Coles, Robert (2012) Measuring the dynamics and thresholds of tropical deepwater seagrasses. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Seagrass Biology Workshop. 01.4. p. 26. From: 10th International Seagrass Biology Workshop, 25-30 November 2012, Armação dos Búzios, Brazil.

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Extensive areas of deepwater (>10m) seagrass meadows are known to occur in many tropical regions. More than 31,000 km2 are found in the Great Barrier Reef Region of Queensland alone and one of the world's largest continuous seagrass meadows has been mapped recently in deeper waters of the Torres Strait. Despite their extensive distribution, little is known about the ecological roles, tolerances and dynamics of these deepwater communities compared with the much more commonly studied shallow seagrass meadows from the same region. Existing information suggests deepwater meadows may be highly productive but also highly dynamic between and within years. Increasingly these meadows are coming under threat from anthropogenic disturbances and it is critical to develop our understanding of the drivers of change and tolerances of these meadows to effectively manage them. We present initial findings from a major research program to establish a better understanding of the drivers of seasonal and interannual dynamics in these seagrass communities, the role of seed banks and seagrass recruitment, and the environmental cues that drive the seasonal patterns of decline and recovery. The research program includes a detailed study of the light requirements of these deepwater species as well as developing a range of tools for monitoring and managing anthropogenic impacts such as dredging.

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Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 00:47
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060705 Plant Physiology @ 25%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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