Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans Pole to Pole

When diving animals help us to observe the oceans

Over 800,000 vertical profiles of Temperature and Salinity have been collected since 2004 in the World Ocean by attaching tags on marine mammals, such as Southern elephant seals.

In this website, you will find information about the marine mammal tagging programs, and an access point to the publicly available databases.

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Publications 2021

[bio] Aubone, N., Saraceno, M., Torres Alberto, M.L., Campagna, J., Ster, L.L., Picard, B., Hindell, M., Campagna, C., Guinet, C.R., 2021. Physical changes recorded by a deep diving seal on the Patagonian slope drive large ecological changes. Journal of Marine Systems 223, 103612.

[ocean] Anilkumar, N., Jena, B., George, J.V., P, S., S, K. & Ravichandran, M.; 2021; Recent Freshening, Warming, and Contraction of the Antarctic Bottom Water in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean; Frontiers in Marine Science; 810.3389/fmars.2021.730630.

[ocean] Chamberlain, M.A., Oke, P.R., Brassington, G.B., Sandery, P., Divakaran, P. & Fiedler, R.A.S.; 2021a; Multiscale data assimilation in the Bluelink ocean reanalysis (BRAN); Ocean Modelling; 16610.1016/j.ocemod.2021.101849.

[bio] Chung, H., Lee, J. & Lee, W.Y.; 2021; A Review: Marine Bio-logging of Animal Behaviour and Ocean Environments; Ocean Science Journal; 56; 117-131; 10.1007/s12601-021-00015-1.

[ocean] Foo, D., McMahon, C., Hindell, M. & Goldsworthy, S.; 2021; Shelf–oceanic dynamics of surface environmental parameters in the Kangaroo Island–Bonney Coast region; Marine and Freshwater Research; 7210.1071/mf20100.

[bio] Harcourt, R., Hindell, M.A., McMahon, C.R., Goetz, K.T., Charrassin, J.-B., Heerah, K., Holser, R., Jonsen, I.D., Shero, M.R., Hoenner, X., Foster, R., Lenting, B., Tarszisz, E. & Pinkerton, M.H.; 2021; Regional Variation in Winter Foraging Strategies by Weddell Seals in Eastern Antarctica and the Ross Sea; Frontiers in Marine Science; 810.3389/fmars.2021.720335.

[bio] Hindell, M.A., McMahon, C.R., Harcourt, R., Arce, F., Guinet, C. & Jonsen, I.; 2021; Inter- and intra-sexhabitat partitioning in the highly dimorphic southern elephant seal; Ecology and Evolution; 10.1002/ece1003.7147; 10.1002/ece3.7147.

[ocean] Kokubun, N., Tanabe, Y., Hirano, D., Mensah, V., Tamura, T., Aoki, S., Takahashi, A., 2021. Shoreward           intrusion of oceanic surface waters alters physical and biological ocean structures on the Antarctic continental shelf during winter: Observations from instrumented seals. Limnology and Oceanography 66, 3740–3753.

[bio] Labrousse, S., Ryan, S., Roquet, F., Picard, B., McMahon, C.R., Harcourt, R., Hindell, M., Le Goff, H., Lourenco, A., David, Y., Sallée, J.-B. & Charrassin, J.-B.; 2021; Weddell seal behaviour during an exceptional oceanographic event in the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in 2017; Antarctic Science; 33; 252-264; 10.1017/s0954102021000092.

[bio] Li, X., Sindihebura, T.T., Zhou, L., Duarte, C.M., Costa, D.P., Hindell, M.A., McMahon, C., Muelbert, M.M.C., Zhang, X. & Peng, C.; 2021; A prediction and imputation method for marine animal movement data; PeerJ Computer Science; 7; e656; 10.7717/peerj-cs.656.

[ocean] Lipscomb, W.H., Leguy, G.R., Jourdain, N.C., Asay-Davis, X., Seroussi, H. & Nowicki, S.; 2021; ISMIP6-based projections of ocean-forced Antarctic Ice Sheet evolution using the Community Ice Sheet Model; The Cryosphere; 15; 633-661; 10.5194/tc-15-633-2021.

[ocean] Matsuoka, K., Skoglund, A., Roth, G., de Pomereu, J., Griffiths, H., Headland, R., Herried, B., Katsumata, K., Le Brocq, A., Licht, K., Morgan, F., Neff, P.D., Ritz, C., Scheinert, M., Tamura, T., Van de Putte, A., van den Broeke, M., von Deschwanden, A., Deschamps-Berger, C., Van Liefferinge, B., Tronstad, S. & Melvær, Y.; 2021; Quantarctica, an integrated mapping environment for Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, and sub-Antarctic islands; Environmental Modelling & Software; 14010.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105015.

[AniBOS] McMahon, C.R., Roquet, F., Baudel, S., Belbeoch, M., Bestley, S., Blight, C., Boehme, L., Carse, F., Costa, D.P., Fedak, M.A., Guinet, C., Harcourt, R., Heslop, E., Hindell, M.A., Hoenner, X., Holland, K., Holland, M., Jaine, F.R.A., Jeanniard du Dot, T., Jonsen, I., Keates, T.R., Kovacs, K.M., Labrousse, S., Lovell, P., Lydersen, C., March, D., Mazloff, M., McKinzie, M.K., Muelbert, M.M.C., O’Brien, K., Phillips, L., Portela, E., Pye, J., Rintoul, S., Sato, K., Sequeira, A.M.M., Simmons, S.E., Tsontos, V.M., Turpin, V., van Wijk, E., Vo, D., Wege, M., Whoriskey, F.G., Wilson, K., Woodward, B., 2021. Animal Borne Ocean Sensors – AniBOS – An Essential Component of the Global Ocean Observing System. Frontiers in Marine Science 8, 1625. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.751840

[ocean] Oke, P.R., Chamberlain, M.A., Fiedler, R.A.S., Bastos de Oliveira, H., Beggs, H.M. & Brassington, G.B.; 2021; Combining Argo and Satellite Data Using Model-Derived Covariances: Blue Maps; Frontiers in Earth Science; 910.3389/feart.2021.696985.

[ocean] Pauthenet, E., Sallée, J.-B., Schmidtko, S. & Nerini, D.; 2021; Seasonal Variation of the Antarctic Slope Front Occurrence and Position Estimated from an Interpolated Hydrographic Climatology; Journal of Physical Oceanography; 51; 1539-1557; 10.1175/jpo-d-20-0186.1.

[ocean] Portela, E., Rintoul, S.R., Bestley, S., HerraizBorreguero, L., Wijk, E., McMahon, C.R., Roquet, F. & Hindell, M.; 2021; Seasonal Transformation and Spatial Variability of Water Masses Within MacKenzie Polynya, Prydz Bay; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans; 12610.1029/2021jc017748.

[ocean] Ribeiro, N., HerraizBorreguero, L., Rintoul, S.R., McMahon, C.R., Hindell, M., Harcourt, R. & Williams, G.; 2021; Warm Modified Circumpolar Deep Water Intrusions Drive Ice Shelf Melt and Inhibit Dense Shelf Water Formation in Vincennes Bay, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans; 12610.1029/2020jc016998.

[bio] Sequeira, A.M.M., O'Toole, M., Keates, T.R., McDonnell, L.H., Braun, C.D., Hoenner, X., Jaine, F.R.A., Jonsen, I.D., Newman, P., Pye, J., Bograd, S.J., Hays, G.C., Hazen, E.L., Holland, M., Tsontos, V.M., Blight, C., Cagnacci, F., Davidson, S.C., Dettki, H., Duarte, C.M., Dunn, D.C., Eguíluz, V.M., Fedak, M., Gleiss, A.C., Hammerschlag, N., Hindell, M.A., Holland, K., Janekovic, I., McKinzie, M.K., Muelbert, M.M.C., Pattiaratchi, C., Rutz, C., Sims, D.W., Simmons, S.E., Townsend, B., Whoriskey, F., Woodward, B., Costa, D.P., Heupel, M.R., McMahon, C.R., Harcourt, R. & Weise, M.; 2021; A standardisation framework for biologging data to advance ecological research and conservation; Methods in Ecology and Evolution; 12; 996-1007; 10.1111/2041-210x.13593.

[ocean] Tao, Y., Liu, C. & Wang, Z.; 2021; An improved digital bathymetric model for Prydz Bay by hydrography observations; Journal of Atmospheric Science; 44; 128–139; 10.13878/j.cnki.dqkxxb.20200928001.

[ocean] Yamazaki, K., Aoki, S., Katsumata, K., Hirano, D. & Nakayama, Y.; 2021; Multidecadal poleward shift of the southern boundary of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current off East Antarctica; Science Advances; 710.1126/sciadv.abf8755.

[Data quality, in Corean] Yoon, S.-T. & Lee, W.Y.; 2021; Quality Control Methods for CTD Data Collected by Using Instrumented Marine Mammals: A Review and Case Study; Ocean and Polar Research; 321-334; 10.4217/OPR.2021.43.4.321.

[ocean] Zheng, Y., Heywood, K.J., Webber, B.G.M., Stevens, D.P., Biddle, L.C., Boehme, L., Loose, B., 2021. Winter seal-based observations reveal glacial meltwater surfacing in the southeastern Amundsen Sea. Commun Earth Environ 2, 1–9. doi: 10.1038/s43247-021-00111-z