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Marine connectivity in the PilbaraNingaloo region
MING FENG AND RUSS BABCOCK
Physical drivers of propagule dispersals
Tides
Eddies
 Ocean currents
 Coastal upwelling
 mesoscale eddies
 tide currents
 tropical cyclones
 Temperature
 climate variability (ENSO)
Satellite sea surface temperature
Ocean colour Chlorophyll
The team
CSIRO: Ming Feng, Russ Babcock, Oliver Berry, Frank Colberg, Dirk Slawinski,
Liejun Zhong
UWA: Ryan Lowe, Anya Waite, Shaun Collin
The NCB modelling project
Objective: Understand the supply of larvae
and recruits to individual reef ecosystems,
dependent on ocean currents that either
lead to local hydrodynamic retention, or
transfer from one reef to another
Dampier
Ningaloo
ROMS model bathymetry
2 coral species
2 fish species
Regional connectivity matrix
Main sources and sinks of propagules;
Intermittent connectivity by extreme events;
Impacts of climate variability;
Link to ecological/genetic connectivity