What is IMOS?
Since 2006, IMOS has been routinely operating a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia’s coastal and open oceans, making all of its data accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators.
IMOS is one of the national research infrastructure capabilities currently supported under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It has been awarded $148M of Australian Government funding over ten years (2006-16), with matching co-investment of $202M.
IMOS operates as a multi-institutional collaboration. IMOS is led by the University of Tasmania in partnership with the CSIRO, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney Institute of Marine Science (encompassing the University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University and University of Technology Sydney), University of Western Australia, Curtin University and the South Australian Research and Development Institute.
How does IMOS work?
IMOS is designed to be a fully-integrated, national system, observing at ocean-basin and regional scales, and covering physical, chemical and biological variables.
IMOS Facilities, operated by eight different institutions within the National Innovation System, are funded to deploy equipment and deliver data streams for use by the entire Australian marine and climate science community and its international collaborators.
IMOS observations are guided by science planning undertaken collaboratively across the Nodes of the Australian marine and climate science community with input from government, industry and other stakeholders. There are five major research themes that unify IMOS science plans and related observations:
- Long-term ocean change;
- Climate variability and weather extremes;
- Boundary currents;
- Continental shelf and coastal processes; and
- Ecosystem responses.
The observations and data streams are collected via ten technology platforms, or Facilities:
The Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal (http://portal.aodn.org.au) allows marine and climate scientists and other users to discover and explore IMOS data streams coming from all of these Facilities.
The IMOS circle diagram which is designed to be read from inside to out, illustrates how the system is operated by selected institutions but available for use by the entire community through open data access, generating a wide range of outputs that are relevant across portfolios and sectors.