Integrating climate and ecosystem models to predict climate change impacts on Australian marine systems (2008–2011)
Climate change is impacting marine ecosystems; Australia is particularly vulnerable because of its isolation and unique biodiversity. Internationally, the science needed to plan for impacts on marine life lags the science behind assessing physical changes to the atmosphere and oceans. We will develop a flexible modelling approach linking global climate and marine ecosystem models for predicting climate change impacts on Australian marine life. We will discover new techniques and insights that can be applied immediately to protect biodiversity, increase resilience of marine ecosystems, and to provide sustained economic benefit for Australia from harvestable resources under climate change.