Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) was established in 2007 under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), and was extended and enhanced through the Education Investment Fund (EIF) in 2009, and extended under the Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (CRIS) and NCRIS in 2013.
IMOS is designed to be a fully-integrated national array of observing equipment to monitor the open oceans and coastal marine environment around Australia, covering physical, chemical and biological variables.
All IMOS data is freely and openly available through the IMOS Ocean Portal for the benefit of Australian marine and climate science as a whole. IMOS observations are guided by societal needs for improved ocean information, and focused through science planning undertaken collaboratively across the Australian marine and climate science community.
There are are five major research themes that unify IMOS science plans and related observations: Multi-decadal ocean change; Climate variability and weather extremes; Major boundary currents and interbasin flows; Continental shelf processes; and Ecosystem responses.