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Celebrating IMOS at the recent AMSA conference
Darwin recently played host to the annual meeting of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA), the peak body representing some 700 marine scientists across the nation.
While the ~270 talks spanned a range of disciplines and subject matter, the value and need for more integrated social and economic management of our marine resources was a common theme.
The meeting also highlighted the fundamental role played by infrastructure in the support of marine science. On the final day of the conference, a series of four plenary speakers presented talks about the impact that IMOS infrastructure has had on their research and the benefits that have flowed through to the people of Australia. The talks celebrated ten years of IMOS and highlighted the many scientific achievements that have resulted from rich data made available through IMOS.
- Dr Moninya Roughan 'Insight into Continental Shelf Processes Along SE Australia from 10 years of IMOS observations’
- Dr Richard Brinkman 'Sustainable Development of the North's Blue Economy – the role of IMOS to date, and into the future'
- Professor Robert Harcourt 'IMOS Animal Tracking, 10 years of age and going strong’
- Professor Anthony Richardson 'A decade of IMOS Plankton Observations'
These talks covered how:
- over 5,700 animals have been tagged and tracked by the IMOS acoustic monitoring network allowing for an unprecedented understanding of the patterns of connectivity of our coastal habitats;
- a decade of plankton observations has highlighted dramatic responses to warming and acidifying oceans by these communities that form the basis of blue water food webs; and
- the combined might of a network of instrumented moorings, coastal high frequency radar and autonomous gliders has allowed us to better understand and predict important oceanographic processes like upwelling that drive fisheries and marine heatwaves which lead to changes in regional biodiversity.
These findings highlight an incredible return on investment and should serve as motivation for further investment in marine science as the Commonwealth Government considers the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
The plenary talks were followed by a session convened by IMOS on ‘Observing the tropical northern waters’. In this session there were 17 presentations from researchers using IMOS observations. Presentations covered such issues as extreme marine warming, fish movements and water quality.
IMOS Director Tim Moltmann who attended the conference said “AMSA has been a wonderful forum for showcasing IMOS over the years, and we thank the National Council and the 2017 organising committee for their support.”
The Conference Program can be downloaded here: http://events.amsaconference.net/conference-program.html