BASS '84



The Bass Strait, the semienclosed continental shelf that separates Tasmania from mainland Australia, is an area of oceanographic interest because it is a boundary between the South Indian Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Its location in the “roaring forties” also provides an unusual opportunity to study large storm events, which occur in the strait with sufficient frequency to make the problem of being present during a storm a relatively simple matter.

A number of research scientists interested in the dynamics of water movements, the resulting sediment transport, and the atmospheric forcing of the Bass Strait met at Flinders Universtiy, South Australia, in February 1983 to discuss plans to learn more about the strait. An integrated view of these research plans was presented to attendees of the Australian Physical Oceanography Conference under the project name BASS '84.