CSIRO Science and Solutions for Australia

Oceans: Science and Solutions for Australia
edited by Bruce Mapstone, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Paperback | Dec 2017 | CSIRO Publishing | 9781486307937 | 224pp | 260x200mm | Stocked item (plenty) | GEN | AUD$24.95, NZD$29.99

Australia has the third largest marine estate in the world, extending from the tropics to Antarctica and including vast areas of the Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. We have a good reputation for management of our marine estate, but there is still much to understand about how our actions affect the oceans, including through climate change, fishing, resource extraction, shipping, and recreation and tourism.

Our oceans are tremendous resources, culturally, socially, and economically, and are repositories for incredible biodiversity. Oceans provide food and energy and influence weather and climate across the country. Indigenous Australians have had cultural and livelihood relationships with our oceans for thousands of years. Most Australians live within an hour’s drive of the coast and the seaside is a valued recreational destination, as it is for increasing numbers of international tourists. Australia’s oceans affect our every activity and managing them well is vital to our nation.

Oceans: Science and Solutions for Australia summarises decades of scientific research by CSIRO and other agencies to describe what we know about our oceans, how research contributes to their use and management, and how new technologies are changing marine research. It provides engaging and accessible reading for all those interested in Australia’s magnificent marine estate.