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Project details

Title: Bush Blitz
Id: 2613
Investigator(s): Kate Cranney
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water [details]

Description: Outreach program to Australian schools. A unique multi-million dollar partnership between the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Parks Australia, BHP and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals across Australia.
Years: 2022

List of surveys that this project was on.

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Survey InvestigatorDescription

Tim O'Hara Voyage objectives: 1. Complete the Multibeam mapping of shallow water features prior to biological sampling. 2. Conduct biological sampling on 8 seamount clusters, around the flanks of the Cocos (Keeling) islands and at three sites on the abyssal plain, using 4m beam trawls and a heavy dredge (Sherman). In the event of bad weather some seamounts in the Raitt Ridge and S Cocos clusters will be abandoned. 3. Conduct video transects of up to four selected (20-2000 m) shallow water seafloor features. 4. Compile CTD/ADCP/echosounder data from selected seamount locations 5. Collect water samples for eDNA analyses from the CTD casts. 6. Collect plankton net samples from shallow water environments and zooplankton aggregations. 7. Transit along unmapped tracks to maximise Multibeam coverage of the area. 8. Communicate with the local island communities through live video links with schools and community centres on the islands. 9. Engage with Australian schools from the vessel through facilities set up by the BushBlitz program. 10. Communicate with Australian and International public and media through blogs, media releases and interviews from the vessel. .
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