Australian Research Council (ARC)
Biodiversity is one of Nature’s most valuable resources. It is a key element of ecosystem functioning and provides ecosystem stability, food security, pharmaceuticals, and significant cultural value. The uniqueness, high diversity and conservation value of seafloor communities around Antarctica are well recognised.
However, the distribution of this biodiversity on the Antarctic continental shelf is largely unknown because observations are so sparse, and many biologically relevant environmental predictor variables only exist at coarse resolution or not at all.
Lack of knowledge about the distribution of biodiversity is the single greatest impediment to:
In this project, we construct a unique database from seafloor images taken around Antarctica, and use these data with a newly available ocean model at unprecedented high resolution, to estimate critical environmental predictor variables of biodiversity previously unavailable.
We combine these biological and environmental data with cutting-edge statistical methods to produce, for the first time for the entire Antarctic continental shelf:
Seafloor image: Australian Antarctic Division
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