Heron Island expedition
The third Australian CReefs trip, to Heron Island in the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast, ran during September 2008.
It was the third in a series of three, 21-day expeditions at each Australian CReefs location this year. The first was held in April this year to Lizard Island and the second in June to Ningaloo Reef.
Scientists on the expeditions use a variety of sampling methods in a wide range of habitats to sample species associated with coral reefs that have not previously been well sampled.
These organisms will be identified to operational taxonomic units (OTU) in the field and to species where possible. Follow up analyses will include the description and naming of new species.
Data collected from these expeditions will be globally distributed and publicly available through the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and incorporated into the EOL. In addition to these data, CReefs is working to identify high value data sets and to make them available to the public by facilitating them being served through OBIS.
List of participants