Dr Neville Barrett, from the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, along with other scientists are using the IMOS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to investigate deep temperate reef biodiversity.
Dr Barrett and his team are using the AUV to describe, understand and predict patterns of biodiversity in offshore marine habitats in an Australian context and to utilise this for prediction of impacts of climate change. They deployed the AUV to examine shelf reef habitats in water between 50 and 150 m in eastern Tasmania. The data gathered will form a baseline at or near the time of protection for these areas, by which changes related to protection, time and climate change may be assessed through time.
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