In 2000, a joint study was set up between the Australian
Government and CSIRO
scientists to develop a scientifically informed integrated management
approach for the North West Shelf of Australia.
Sophisticated computer models were used to simulate the effects
of various industrial developments on the ecosystem.
The aim was to provide an informed basis for guiding the integrated
management of uses in the region.
"Shelf Life" resulted from CSIRO's need to communicate
this research project to the wider scientific community as well
as the general public.
The purpose of the short animated marine documentary is to demonstrate
visually using a representative area of the North West Shelf,
how the use of scientific modeling and simulation can help us
better understand and manage diverse and potentially conflicting
uses of the marine environment.
This was a contract project that spanned several years with the
animation being updated and developed as the research findings
where completed. The final 9 minute version of Shelf Life has
recently been released in High Definition.