Employment increases in auto industry

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Despite the imminent closure of Holden, Ford and Toyota’s car making operations, employment in Australia’s automotive sector is actually on the increase.


According to research from industry group Auto Skills Australia, more than 4,000 jobs were added to the sector during the 2012/13 financial year.

More than 361,000 people were employed in the automotive sector at June 30, 2013, with the strongest jobs growth recorded in car and parts wholesaling, repair and maintenance and tyre retailing.

“The employment gains within these sectors have more than offset the losses in the manufacturing and retail sectors, thus resulting in a positive aggregate rise in employment for the whole industry,” Auto Skills said.

The group said vehicle manufacturing accounted for only 13 per cent of the Australian auto industry, with most of the sector made up of sales, repair and servicing businesses.

But the report also warned of a high rate of closures during 2012/13, especially among small businesses and in the automotive body repair sub-sector.

It said a reduction in motor vehicle accidents, along with the high cost of equipment and training to repair modern vehicles, weak consumer spending and high insurance costs were hurting many automotive body repairers.

A survey conducted for the report found 44 per cent of automotive businesses are currently experiences variable conditions, while a quarter are experiencing below average growth.

But it also found more than half of all respondents expected conditions to improve in the next year.

Meanwhile, the closure of the vehicle manufacturing sector and structural change in the industry meant there would be fewer independent servicing and repair businesses, so those that wanted to survive would need to innovate.

“Those enterprises seeking to remain in the industry will need to have innovation at the core of their business models, along with modern workshop facilities, ongoing investment in staff training and capital equipment, and a keen customer focus and service outlook,” the report said.

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Vancouver’s outside edge

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Soaking up the sun on the quayside of False Creek, savouring some freshly made doughnut ‘holes’ bought from nearby Granville Market, I drift off to a far away place.


Only the skyline of skyscrapers on the other side of the bay reminds me we’re in a bustling city.

Chilled-out urbanites with take-out lattes, bagels and mouth-watering pastries spread out on the wooden benches in a wide, decked area, to take in the relaxed atmosphere and listen to a sweet-sounding busker before heading back to work.

While some cities are inevitably concrete and glass environments housing a plethora of shops, impressive museums and other indoor attractions, Vancouver in British Columbia is much more; in fact it’s an open-air playground where, despite the sometimes inclement weather, there are opportunities for outdoor recreation everywhere.

Indeed, this is a city to do on foot. I walk everywhere, exploring the downtown hub of the yum cha eateries and noodle bars of Chinatown (the second largest in north America after San Francisco), window-gazing at designer stores on Burrard Street (home of Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany), and buying souvenirs in Robson, Vancouver’s downtown shopping district.

I’m enamoured by Water Street in Gastown, an historical area which has undergone a facelift and restored many of its late 19th century buildings to house curio and vintage shops, imaginative restaurants and First Nations indigenous art.

But today the weather’s too sunny for shopping, my teenage boys nag. Taking the brightly coloured Aquabus across the water from Granville Island to the heart of the city, catching great views of Burrard Bridge and Granville Bridge on the way, I head for the cycle hire shop to go for a bike ride around Stanley Park, a must for any active tourist who wants a great view of the water.

Over the years, the park has become so popular that they have built separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists around the sea wall because the human traffic has become so dense, I’m told by Alvin, our amiable unicyclist guide.

You can stop at various beaches en route, but as the sky by now looks grey and ominous, we plough on with Alvin, catching the amazing views of the Lions Gate Bridge over Burrard Inlet, which connects the city to the north and west districts, and the imposing North Shore mountains.

My boys are fascinated by some totem poles, replicas of 1880s First Nations artistry, near the famous Nine O’Clock Gun, built in 1894 to help ships set their chronometers and still fired nightly.

On another sunny day, we venture 20 minutes by car to the north of the city to open air hilly playground Grouse Mountain. In winter, people come here for the weekend to ski, zipwire and snowshoe. In warmer months, it’s possible to take grizzly bear trails with eco-friendly tour guides.

A five-minute drive from Grouse, I opt for a chance to balance my outdoor yin and yang at the cooling forest which houses the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 135 metres of wobbling planks connecting sky-scraping Douglas firs and hovering far above the canyon floor.

The swaying bridge offers amazing views of the canyon below, while visitors who don’t suffer from vertigo can take the cliff walk on purpose-built steel platforms which jut out of the rock and over the sheer drop which falls to the Capilano River.

It was built in 1889 by Vancouver park commissioner George Grant Mackay, and was also known as the laughing bridge because of the sound it made when the wind blew through the canyon.

Kids love it. Even my teenagers are impressed, and when we cross to the other side there’s a fascinating rainforest to explore, equipped with timber frame boardwalks and cable bridges suspended between high tree platforms.

It’s an eco-friendly perfect place for youngsters to let off steam among the trees, while I sit by a pond and contemplate life, nature and the great outdoors that is Vancouver.


STAYING THERE: Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place Way. Visit fairmont广西桑拿,/waterfront-vancouver

Looking out on to Coal Harbour and the North Shore mountains, this hotel is a haven of luxury but it’s not remotely pretentious. The newly-refurbished harbour-front rooms are beautifully equipped, spacious and offer spectacular views of the harbour and the many seaplanes which land on it.

PLAYING THERE: Bistro 101 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, 1505 West 2nd Ave. Visit bistro101广西桑拿,

Anyone who wants fine dining at a fraction of the cost should head for this fabulous restaurant at the entrance to Granville Market, where trainee chefs from PICA cook and serve the food with enthusiasm and flair

– Chambar, 562 Beatty Street, Crosstown. This cavernous Belgian restaurant with exposed brick walls, red leather seats, rustic pine and plenty of atmosphere has earned itself the reputation of the place to be, and rightly so. Signature mussels, served in deep pans, can be washed down with a variety of imaginative beers. Visit chambar广西桑拿,

– Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. Visit forbiddenvancouver.ca

– Vancouver Police Museum. Visit vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

* The writer travelled to Vancouver as a guest of Destination British Columbia

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Hands-on with Sony’s virtual reality gizmo

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The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality.


Sony unveiled a prototype headset this week capable of surrounding a wearer’s vision with interactive virtual worlds.

The system, codenamed Project Morpheus, utilises a 1080p head-mounted display with head-tracking capabilities and works with the PlayStation 4 console to display imagery on the headset’s screen, providing a 90-degree field of view.

During a private demonstration of Project Morpheus at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the headset felt secure thanks to a sturdy yet comfortable halo-like ring that snaps into place around the head.

There’s a wheel positioned on the back headband that can be turned for an even tighter fit.

It’s lighter than one might expect and sleeker than the Oculus Rift, a similar virtual reality headset that’s captured game makers’ imaginations over the past two years but has yet to be released.

A long, thick cable that pokes from the side of the visor, as well as dangling headphone cords, prove cumbersome during physical movement.

The following information provides a look at four of the interactive experiences that Sony used to demonstrate Project Morpheus at the conference:

THE DEEP: This demonstration, created specifically for Project Morpheus by Sony’s London studio, cast a standing user in the role of deep-sea diver – complete with virtual wetsuit and flare gun – inside a shark cage that submerges into the depths of the ocean.

The undersea encounter is interrupted by a great white, which attacks the enclosure at the first whiff of blood.

With lush graphics and stereoscopic 3D audio, The Deep showcased how Project Morpheus could recreate frantic Jaws-like moments.

However, it wasn’t completely immersive because Project Morpheus only tracked movements of the head and DualShock 4 controller, so fin flipping wasn’t translated to the feet on screen.

EVE: Valkyrie: Developed by CCP Games and set in their EVE universe, Valkyrie is a sci-fi multiplayer dogfighter pitting players against each other in the cockpits of galactic fighter jets.

Project Morpheus’ version featured richer graphics and details than the one demonstrated at Oculus Rift’s booth.

Playing in a seated position with a DualShock 4 controller that acts as the spaceship’s yoke provided Valkyrie with a virtual reality advantage.

Pulling off dizzying manoeuvres such as rolls, spins and corkscrews while simultaneously blasting other users compellingly simulated what it might be like to really pilot an X-wing from Star Wars.

NASA MARS PROJECT: The demonstration created in tandem with NASA utilised high-resolution images, captured by both satellites and the Curiosity rover, to transport a user to the surface of Mars. The rover itself, separately navigated by Project Morpheus senior software engineer Anton Mikhailov on a DualShock 4 controller, appeared in the demonstration.

The parts of the landscape closest to the user were crafted from rover imagery, while mountainous vistas in the distance were filled in using satellite data.

The minimalistic demonstration was the most immersive of those on display and showed off the non-game capabilities of Project Morpheus.

THE CASTLE: This combat-centric game demonstration dispatched users to a cartoon-like medieval training ground where they were able to abuse a dummy in suit of armour.

When armed with a pair of PlayStation Move motion controllers in each hand, The Castle depicted gauntlets on the headset’s screen that could reach out and wield swords and a crossbow.

For example, the wand-like controllers could be used to slice off the mannequin’s arm with one hand and grab it with the other before wiggling the appendage and discarding it into the distance.

The controllers flawlessly mimicked hand movement in the virtual castle yard, but a lack of interactive elements in the surrounding space left a desire for more.

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Crow Douglas presses for AFL return

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A groin specialist will determine if Adelaide midfielder Richard Douglas makes a surprise return to AFL ranks this weekend.


Douglas was hospitalised after copping a blow to the groin in the Crows’ last preseason game, against Greater Western Sydney on March 7.

The club champion had surgery days later to stop persistent bleeding in the groin.

Adelaide initially forecast Douglas would miss at least a month of the premiership season, but the onballer is pressing to return against Port Adelaide on Saturday.

“He’s pretty keen but he’s just got to see late in the week, the last call is going to come from the specialist,” Adelaide captain Nathan van Berlo told reporters on Monday.

Adelaide forward Lewis Johnston has avoided sanction after being reported for a head-high hit on Geelong’s Steve Johnson in the Crows’ season-opening loss last Thursday night.

Johnston is free to front against Port in the first AFL match to be played at a redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

Port accounted for Carlton in their premiership opener a fortnight ago – a goal down at three quarter-time, the Power kicked seven goals in the final term for a 33-point victory.

But Port captain Travis Boak has warned his teammates against expecting to over-run sides again.

“We have got a great amount of confidence in our running ability but we can’t afford to have a four or five-goal differential at three quarter-time,” Boak told reporters on Monday.

“We need to make sure we start well this weekend. It’s going to be hot early but we have got to come out firing.”

Port won’t be able to summon midfielder Andrew Moore for Saturday’s game – he missed the season-opener with a shoulder injury.

Moore was on the road to recovery but then sprained an AC joint in the shoulder at training last week and now was expected to miss another two matches.

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Iluka faces potential class action

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Miner Iluka Resources has denied any wrongdoing after it became the latest Australian company set to face a class action from disgruntled shareholders.


A 24 per cent fall in Iluka’s share price on July 9, 2012 is at the centre of the potential class action being planned by ACA Lawyers.

The law firm has secured third party funding for Federal Court action on behalf of shareholders hurt by the share price plunge, which wiped $1.1 billion from the company’s market value.

What spurred the fall was Iluka’s downgrade of its sales forecasts for its mineral sands products, only seven weeks after it had given an upbeat view at its annual general meeting.

Iluka produces zircon and rutile, which are used in ceramics and paints and the prices of which are tied to building activity, especially in China.

ACA lawyer Steven Lewis said Iluka had failed to comply with its continuous disclosure obligations and engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct.

“It will be alleged that Iluka’s zircon sales forecast in May 2012 was overly optimistic and not achievable,” he said.

“The company had information prior to July 2012 that it could not achieve its forecast and did not keep the market informed.”

London-based Harbour Litigation Funding is providing funding.

Harbour is also funding ACA’s multi-million-dollar class action launched last month against miner OZ Minerals for allegedly misleading shareholders.

The recently collapsed engineering group Forge is also facing a class action, while fellow construction group Leighton Holdings, Australia’s four major banks and gold miner Newcrest Mining have been targetted by lawyers.

Iluka said it had not received any legal claims, and would vigorously defend itself if the matter reaches court.

“Market conditions for mineral sands were extremely volatile in 2012 and, in the case of zircon, deteriorated markedly during the year,” it said in a statement.

“Iluka is of the view that it has at all times fulfilled its disclosure obligations.”

Iluka shares gained four cents to $9.66.

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Webb rallies to win LPGA’s Founders

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Karrie Webb will chase an eighth major championship crown with fresh confidence after pulling off a dazzling victory in the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup.


The 39-year-old Australian turned back the clock as she flew up the leaderboard with a course record-equalling nine-under-par 63 with 10 birdies on Sunday to win by one stroke from five players.

Webb came from six shots back and with 19 players in front of her at the start of the day and had to wait around for about 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch her 19-under 269 score at the Wildfire club course in Phoenix.

All came up short as overnight leader Lydia Ko of New Zealand (70), American Stacy Lewis (66), Spain’s Azahara Munoz (67) and South Koreans Amy Yang (67) and Mirim Lee (69) tied for second.

Remarkably it was the second time Webb achieved the feat, having also come from six back on the last day to win the Founders Cup in 2011.

It was Webb’s 41st LPGA Tour win and serves as an ideal lead up to the year’s first major championship, the Kraft Nabisco from April 3-6, where she will seek her eighth major and first since 2006.

Webb said she stood on the 10th tee at 13-under and asked herself what it would take to win, deciding she would need to get to 20-under.

She proceeded to make six birdies in her last nine holes including four straight from the 13th and another from 20 feet on the last but felt it still wouldn’t be enough.

“Even when I finished the day I didn’t expect to be sitting here,” said Webb.

“So I feel a little bit lucky … but it doesn’t make it feel any less special.”

It was Webb’s second LPGA win of the year following her record fifth Australian Women’s Open title last month.

It moved her into a tie for 10th on the LPGA’s all-time win list with the legendary Babe Zaharias.

She capped off the special day by donating $US50,000 ($A55,000) of her $US225,000 ($A248,000) winner’s cheque – $US25,000 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and $US25,000 to The Founders film, which is a documentary that is being shot about the tour’s 13 founders.

Webb is close friends with 90-year-old Louise Suggs, one of the tour’s founding players who was unable to attend the event this year.

“She called me Friday night,” Webb said. “She told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn’t do that. So, I made it up to her today.”

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Tas DPP in wrong lane for 1km, court hears

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Tasmania’s director of public prosecutions drove in the wrong lane for up to a kilometre before a fatal crash, a Hobart court has heard.


Prosecutors say Tim Ellis’s Mercedes was seen by witnesses being driven “immaculately” in an overtaking lane for traffic coming in the opposite direction.

They allege he was on the wrong side of double lines when his car collided with a Toyota Corolla being driven by 27-year-old Launceston woman Natalia Pearn, who was killed.

Mr Ellis has pleaded not guilty to negligent driving causing death after the crash on the Midland Highway a year ago.

In a police interview played to the court, Ellis said he had no recollection of the impact and a sleep apnoea episode was the only explanation for him allegedly driving in the wrong lane.

Ellis was diagnosed with the sleeping disorder 18 months before the accident, the Hobart Magistrates Court heard in evidence from his wife Anita Smith, who was in the Mercedes when it crashed.

“I do have a history of this,” Ellis said in the interview.

“I thought I’d overcome it.

“I have no other explanation.”

The court heard Ellis used an air-pressure mask to treat the condition and, on occasion, sleeping tablets.

Alcohol and drugs were not present in blood tests taken after the accident.

Ms Smith said her husband’s sleep had improved markedly since he’d received treatment.

She described him as a safe and careful driver who she had never seen fall asleep at the wheel.

Ms Smith broke down as she told the court of the moments after the impact.

“It was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard in my life,” she said.

“It was like a hole had opened up in the earth and we’d gone through it.

“I presumed I was dead.”

The Mercedes hit another car before coming to rest.

Ellis and Ms Smith suffered serious fractures.

Crash investigator Senior Constable Kelly Cordwell said the Mercedes and Toyota had collided partially head-on.

She said no evidence of sudden braking or evasive steering had been found.

Prosecutors have tended a police video with re-enactments of a similar car driving the same stretch of the highway.

They say it shows the Mercedes would have needed steering correction to stay in the overtaking lane.

Ellis has been suspended on full pay until the matter is resolved.

The hearing will continue on Tuesday.

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Hash cookies prove no memory lost: PIC

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An ex-NSW cop who allegedly lied to the police watchdog about taking drugs with other officers couldn’t have had a memory blackout because he remembers eating hash cookies, a court heard.


Former detective inspector Shane Diehm fronted Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Monday charged with four counts of providing false or misleading information to the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) in relation to Operation Ischia.

The operation was established to investigate allegations former and serving police used and supplied drugs and released confidential information.

Video played in the court showed Diehm and four or five other men, some also police, drinking and joking in a Gold Coast unit in 2010.

The prosecution alleges Diehm and his friends were taking ecstasy tablets and eating hash cookies.

The former Tweed police crime manager told the PIC during its earlier investigation he ate some hash cookies and took a tablet without knowing if it was an illicit drug.

Diehm had told the PIC he couldn’t remember who else was taking drugs, because he suffered depression and regularly drank heavily, the court heard through his psychiatrist Dr Olaf Nielssen.

Dr Nielssen said Diehm may have lied to the PIC because of the anxiety caused and exacerbated by his drinking.

“It affected his performance more so than it may have a person without his condition,” he told the court.

“You are afraid of what the consequences might be.”

But when pressed by the prosecution, Dr Nielssen conceded that Diehm couldn’t have suffered a total memory blackout because he remembered eating hash cookies.

Diehm and two other officers tested positive for cocaine after the Sydney retirement party of a colleague in August 2011.

The hearing continues.

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Macquarie to break $1 billion profit mark

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Investment bank Macquarie Group is set to post its largest profit in six years, as financial market conditions continue to improve.


One week before its fiscal year ends on March 31, Macquarie said it expects its net profit to rise by 40 to 45 per cent from $851 million in the 2012/13 year.

That indicates a profit of up to $1.23 billion, its first profit above $1 billion since 2009/10, and its largest profit since 2007/08.

Macquarie shares gained $1.59, or 2.9 per cent, to $56.42 on the new guidance.

The company had previously forecast a rise in its net profit for the year to March 31, but had not provided specific guidance.

Macquarie said market conditions had most notably improved for its fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) business.

Among its activities, FICC is involved in marketing and transporting agricultural, metals, energy and energy-related products globally.

It also carries out credit trading; foreign exchange and fixed income trading; futures; and the provision of finance for producers in the mining and upstream oil and gas sectors.

In February, Macquarie said it expected profit from the FICC business to be down on, or broadly in line with, the previous year’s result.

But Macquarie now says FICC’s profit will be broadly in line with or up on the previous year.

The company has not altered its forecast for its other five business areas, which are all expected to contribute profits in line with, or higher than, the prior year.

“Accordingly, we expect Macquarie’s result for FY14 to be up approximately 40-45 per cent on FY13, subject to the completion rate of transactions and period-end reviews,” Macquarie said in a statement.

The company provided its usual conditions on the forecast, saying it remained subject to market conditions, the cost of funding and capital, and potential regulatory changes.

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Why locating MH370 in the Southern Ocean is so difficult

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By Erik van Sebille

Searching for the debris of flight MH370 in the Southern Ocean is not just a case of looking for a needle in a haystack; it is a case of searching for a needle that moves hundreds of kilometres every day in one of the most hostile and constantly changing areas in the world.


To make matters worse, it is also one of the most remote locations on Earth.

I should know, I’ve have seen this myself.


Me and a colleague deploying one of a pair of drifting buoys in the Southern Ocean. Erik van Sebille

In December 2013, I was on an expedition south of New Zealand to look at how dynamic the currents in this part of the world were.

We deployed ten pairs of satellite-tracked drifting buoys into the ocean, at exactly the same moment and with only 10m spacing.

Within days, the buoys within each pair were already at least kilometres apart. Three months later and some of the pairs are now separated by thousands of kilometres.

The missing flight

If Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 did go down off the coast of Western Australia, given the distance from land and the nature of the ocean in this part of the world, it could hardly have gone down in a worse part of the ocean.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority last week released images showing two objects – one 24m, the other 5m in size – which led to a massive air and sea search of the area.


One of two objects seen by satellite. AAP/AMSA

The region, just over 2,000km southwest of Perth, is extremely hostile. Winds and waves are among the strongest and highest in the world so any expedition to locate and possibly retrieve any wreckage and the plane’s black box will be difficult.

Before the recovery of the plane can begin, assuming the debris are conformed to be those of MH370, the search team will have to estimate where the plane actually hit the water. That is not going to be an easy task.

An ocean in motion

The Southern Ocean is extremely volatile, with currents changing speed and direction from day to day, making it particularly hard to back track the drift of debris to the original impact point.

One of the unique features of the Southern Ocean is that it is the only place in the world where water can keep on moving eastward without ever hitting land. Because of this, and the strong winds, the water is swept along at very high speeds, sometimes almost 2m a second. This is much faster than any other place in the world.

At those high speeds, the current becomes unstable. It starts breaking up and forms eddies. These eddies are similar to the vortices you may see behind wakes in a river or the spiralling and treacherous winds that can form behind tall buildings in the inner city on a windy day.


Eddies in the Southern Ocean.


The difference in the Southern Ocean is that these eddies are much larger – almost 50 km in diameter – and they are not stationary but constantly move around. The ocean here is chock-full of these eddies, which can also extend down for more than a kilometre.

The underlying physics of ocean eddies is similar to that of cyclones and hurricanes in the atmosphere, but the velocities are much lower. The eddies are roughly circular areas of high or low pressure, and because of the rotation of the earth, water starts swirling around them.

The stirring of the ocean eddies in the Southern Ocean make the flow of debris highly unpredictable. This is the oceanic equivalent of the butterfly effect, where a small change in initial position can very rapidly lead to changes in trajectory.

Drifting away

Because of the stirring by the eddies, the sheer size of the search area doesn’t come as a surprise. It was recently announced that a Chinese satellite has spotted possible plane debris 120km southwest from where an Australian satellite spotted it two days earlier, and that a French satellite has spotted debris 800km to the north.


The map shows the movement of all the buoys ever deployed in this region of the ocean. The star marks the location of the objects identified on Australian satellite images. Erik van Sebille


The pieces of floating debris from the plane will all have taken a different route through the sea of eddies. In fact, the debris that are still at the surface could occupy an area easily hundreds of square kilometers wide by now.

If the search teams don’t find the debris soon, the remains of MH370 could even be in completely different oceans, as this simulation shows.


How far any debris could drift in one year from potential crash site (marked by yellow duck). adrift南宁夜生活,广西桑拿网,, CC BY-NC-ND

This simulation was made up of the data trajectories of the thousands of drifting buoys deployed in the ocean over the last three decades. As you can see, some of the debris will move to the Indian Ocean off Perth while some of it will end up in the South Pacific Ocean.

The ocean clock is ticking and if we don’t find something soon, it becomes increasingly difficult to find the aircraft.

Erik van Sebille receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

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