The Helix Experiment: Helix Reef physical oceanography, Great Barrier Reef


Temporal Range: From 25-Oct-1983 To 25-May-1984

Resource Summary

Two oceanographic moorings were deployed at distances of 2.5 km to the NE and NW of Helix Reef. Two current meters were deployed on each mooring, placed approximately 15 and 46 metres below the surface. Currents were recorded between October 1983 and March 1984, encompassing the Australian summer coral spawning period. Currents were resolved into seasonal drift, low frequency (wind-forced), and diurnal (tidal) bands.

Two tide gauges were deployed on opposite ends of Helix Reef over the same time period and were oriented (generally) upstream-downstream to detect phase eddies.

This study was undertaken to provide data to enable modelling of the hydrodynamic regime around Helix Reef as part of a joint study of the dispersal and recruitment patterns of coral larvae (The Helix Experiment).

The bathymetry data used in the model was provided by the Australian Survey Office.

For further details of the study of dispersal and recruitment, see the metadata record "The Helix Experiment: Dispersal and recruitment patterns in Great Barrier Reef corals".

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Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). 2007, The Helix Experiment: Helix Reef physical oceanography, Great Barrier Reef, https://apps.aims.gov.au/metadata/view/722de2b0-55df-11dc-8d3c-00008a07204e, accessed 18-Jun-2019
Related Information
Influence of circulation on self-seeding patterns at Helix Reef - Great Barrier Reef: Andrews JC, Gay SL and Sammarco PW (1989) Influence of circulation on self-seeding patterns at Helix Reef - Great Barrier Reef. 2: 469-474. In: Choat JH (ed) Proceedings of the 6th International Coral Reef Symposium, Townsville, Australia 8-12 August 1988.
The Helix experiment: differential localized dispersal and recruitment patterns in Great Barrier Reef corals: Sammarco PW and Andrews JC (1989) The Helix experiment: differential localized dispersal and recruitment patterns in Great Barrier Reef corals. Limnology and Oceanography 34: 896-912.
Localized dispersal and recruitment in Great Barrier Reef corals: the Helix experiment: Sammarco PW and Andrews JC (1988) Localized dispersal and recruitment in Great Barrier Reef corals: the Helix experiment. Science 239: 1422-1424.
Helix reef October 1983 - May 1984. Field survey - physical oceanography: Morrow RA and Andrews JC (1985) Helix reef October 1983 - May 1984. Field survey - physical oceanography. OS 85/02. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 30 p.