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Current Expedition: Seamounts, Canyons & Reefs of the Coral Sea

R/V Falkor returns to this frontier region applying a suite of cutting-edge technologies to explore the remote canyons, platform reefs and seamounts of the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks. The goals of this expedition are to understand the biodiversity supported by these large-scale features and the role they may play as refuges for coral as well as other animal communities in a warming ocean. The science team on board R/V Falkor will continue to map and characterize underwater features, the habitats they provide, and the biota they support. This will enable predictions of similar environments that support critical deep-water biological communities. The surveys will greatly expand the knowledge base for sustainable management of these unique features and establish environmental baselines by building on previous mapping in the Marine Parks.

More information on the research cruise page.

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