The wide (~300 km) continental shelf of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia results in the largest tropical tides in the world. In April/May (Austral autumn) 2010, transects from the estuarine waters of King Sound to the 1000 m isobath offshore were sampled during a four-week period. We examined phytoplankton biomass, production and photo-physiological responses to physical and chemical variables associated with the region's tidal forces. King Sound was found to be a productivity hotspot, with mixing processes causing phytoplankton throughout the area to employ different acclimation strategies to varying light at different phases of the spring-neap tidal cycle.
|Award date||23 Jun 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|