Predicting global hotspots of risks to unmonitored seagrass meadows

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On November 30, 2021
By Dr Mischa Turschwell Seagrasses are marvellous coastal ecosystems that provide a range of critical ecosystem functions and services, including climate regulation and fisheries production, however they are under threat. It has been difficult to know where seagrass meadows around the world are at high risk of loss due to a lack of monitoring. Seagrass […]
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2021 Coastal Wetlands Twitter Conference Presentations

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On November 12, 2021
The Global Wetlands Project hosted the inaugural Coastal Wetlands Twitter Conference on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 October 2021. The #CWTC21 conference was held completely on Twitter – with internet access you could participate in the conference. Presenters, following a conference schedule, delivered their presentation via Tweets. The conference program and links to the Twitter presentations can be found […]
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2021 Coastal Wetlands Twitter Conference Review

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On November 9, 2021
The Global Wetlands Project hosted the inaugural Coastal Wetlands Twitter conference on the 26 to 27 October 2021. The conference was held completely on Twitter and used #CWTC21 hashtag. The conference program included 41 presenters from 13 countries and 16 time zones. The conference presentations continue to be available to engage with on The Global […]
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Redefining success in marine ecosystem restoration

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On August 24, 2021
By Michael Sievers We’ve entered the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. As the world ramps up their restoration efforts in response to widespread environmental degradation, we need to maximise success and the benefits that the environment and humanity get from these efforts.   To improve restoration outcomes, I’m going to look at restored seagrass sites and study […]
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Predicting coastal ecological futures in an era of unprecedented change 

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On August 11, 2021
By Dr Chris Brown  We are entering a new era of science where ecosystem change is uncharted by historical observations. Observations are the foundation of predictive science, so how can we predict a future that is outside the envelope of the environments?  This is the question I will address in a new 2021 Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Specifically, I will focus on predicting future change for coastal ecosystems.  […]
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Global Mangrove Alliance: The State of the Worlds Mangrove’s report

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On July 26, 2021
The Global Mangrove Alliance have released their inaugural report, The State of the World’s Mangroves, a compilation of the most current information available on what we know about mangrove forests and what’s being done to reverse the downward trends impacting the forests and the local communities who depend on them. This publication represents a remarkable […]
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Deep learning to detect animal behaviour

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On June 9, 2021
By Ellen Ditria Studying and quantifying animal behaviour is important to understand how animals interact with their environments. However manually extracting and analysing behavioural data from large volumes of camera footage is often time consuming. Our new research shows how artificial intelligence can be a valuable tool to analyse underwater footage more effectively. Deep learning […]
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Automated fish tracking for aquatic conservation

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On May 28, 2021
By Sebastian Lopez Automated and remote techniques are becoming more common in management and conservation of the environment. These techniques can provide us with Big Data required to understand the complex interactions and behaviour that occur in the natural world. In marine ecosystems, the application of automated techniques is challenging due to the variable and […]
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Mangrove Carbon Seminar and App

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On April 28, 2021
You’re invited to watch our seminar featuring Dr Fernanda Adame, Associate Professor Dan Friess and Dr Chris Brown who discuss the importance of mangroves to the Blue Economy and demonstrate our new Mangrove Carbon App to predict future carbon emissions from mangrove loss. Seminar: Seeing into the future to reduce carbon emissions from mangrove loss […]
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Filling gaps in global assessments of ecosystems to benefit coastal wetland conservation

  • Posted by Natasha Watson
  • On April 21, 2021
By Dr Chris Brown  The conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems, seagrass, saltmarsh and mangroves, receives less attention than other higher profile coastal ecosystems, like coral reefs. In a new study we highlight how filling gaps in the assessment of coastal wetlands may help advance coastal wetlands.  Ecosystem assessment frameworks, like the Ocean Health Index, the IUCN […]
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