National Reference Stations

What are National Reference Stations?

National Reference Stations provide fundamental baseline information used to understand how large-scale, long-term climate change and variability is affecting Australian coastal seas. A current network of seven National Reference Stations are currently in operation in Australian coastal waters, of which three are long-term locations, Maria Island (Tasmania), Port Hacking (New South Wales) and Rottnest Island (Western Australia). The remaining four National Reference stations, including Darwin (Northern Territory), Yongala (Great Barrier Reef), Kangaroo Island (South Australia) and North Stradbroke Island (Queensland) are newer additions to the network of National Reference Stations, increasing the ability to monitor Australian coastal waters.

In addition to the continuous monitoring of physical oceanic properties of the moorings, these sensor-based observations are combined with vessel-based biogeochemical sampling on a monthly basis (for most locations).

Key Data Streams

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