What is the Integrated Marine Observing System?

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 is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by Australian Government. It is operated by a consortium of institutions as an unincorporated joint venture, with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent.



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 & extremes ∙ Boundary currents ∙ Continental shelf & coastal processes ∙ Ecosystem responses



Facilities and Observations



Data Access

IMOS observations are turned into data that can be discovered, accessed, downloaded, used and reused in perpetuity by our data Facility: the Australian Ocean Data Network.