Scientists sample East Aust. Current

13 Apr 2012 0 Share

The current EAC temperature map. Source: BOM.

The current EAC temperature map. Source: BOM.

Winter’s coming and it’ll soon be time to pull out the wettie for another year. But compared to surfers at similar latitudes, we’re actually the lucky country. Thanks to the East Australian Current (EAC), which brings warm water down from the coral sea right around into Bass Straight, surfers along our eastern seaboard can get through the colder months with far less rubber than riders across the Pacific.


However, the EAC is not a constant flow. It eddies, changes speed, temperature and proximity to the coast. In fact, it’s not that well understood at all. Most of us have experienced EAC-induced cold snaps in coastal waters, but predicting them before you paddle out has been tricky. Until now.

According to a report on ABC TV this week, a network of ocean monitors to be deployed by CSIRO scientists will hopefully give a better understanding of the EAC and allow more accurate sea temperature monitoring and prediction.

Monitors will be placed along the coast at depths between 1500m and 4,000m on deep-ocean moorings to sample temperature, salinity and current strength within two kilometers of shore. Data collected over the next two years should allow scientists to predict changes in flow, and help surfers know when to suit up and when it’s ok to dress down.


See the ABC report here

Check current BOM sea surface temperature animation


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