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Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Daphane Ng

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Test flying ocean science

Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 12.28.18 PMUniversity of Tasmania PhD graduate Dr Beth Fulton presents her research like this: ‘Imagine a flight simulator, but with marine ecology instead of a jet plane.’

‘We have developed mathematical simulations – now in use in 26 countries – that allow us to test different management strategies on marine systems before trying them in the real world, Beth says.

‘The simulations allow us to play out a decision – such as changing fishing quotas – to avoid unexpected consequences.’

The simulations are a key tool for looking at the state of marine systems now, in the past, and how they may look into the future with climate change and human use.

Dr Beth Fulton is a world expert in ecosystem modeling based at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. Beth supervises students in the CSIRO-UTas PhD Program in Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) offered through the University of Tasmania’s specialist Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. For more information www.imas.utas.edu.au[subscribe2]

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