CSIRO scientists view a 3D model of Australia's marine territory.

Sedsim software is used to predict the potential impact of climate change on the seabed.

Model predicts seafloor at risk by climate change

CSIRO scientists have produced the first preliminary predictions of the potential impact of climate change on the Australian seabed. (5:28)

  • 19 October 2009

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While the effects of climate change on rainfall patterns, ocean warming and acidification, species migration and drought have been researched, it is less understood how climate change will impact upon the interaction between the ocean and the seabed.

To understand this, CSIRO scientists have for the first time conducted research to predict the potential impact of climate change on the Australian seabed.

The results of the five-year study predict potential high-risk areas due to seabed mobility, erosion and changes in reef growth.

In this podcast, Dr Cedric Griffiths from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship explains how the modelling system ‘Sedsim’ was applied to the Australian exclusive economic zone to forecast seabed changes over the next 50 years.

Read more about Dr Cedric Griffiths: understanding the underground.