With the overarching theme of "Canyons to Coast", the conference brought together experts from a broad range of disciplines from around Australia and internationally.
The use and impact of IMOS data were prevalent throughout the conference. Many talks highlighted significant scientific achievements achieved through the use of IMOS data including:
- Paul van Ruth ‘Seasonal and event-scale variations in the influence of upwelling on enrichment and primary productivity in the eastern Great Australian Bight’
- Claire Davies ‘Ecology of the Dinoflagellate Genus Tripos in Australian Waters'
- Matthew Holland ‘Latitudinal patterns in the biomass of herbivorous and planktivorous fish of the Great Southern Reef'
- Craig Steinberg ‘Seasonal Cross-shelf Exchanges along the Great Barrier Reef'
- Mun Woo ‘Observing the Oceans with Gliders: Tools for Data Visualisation and Analysis'
- John Middleton ‘Upwelling along the shelves of the Greater Australian Bight. The role of submarine headlands and valleys'
Indi Hodgson-Johnston updated the community on Budget 2018 news, the Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, and developments in planning for IMOS impact through our science and implementation planning process. This talk was one of many talks highlighting the new investment in research infrastructure for the benefit of marine science in Australia.
Another talk highlighted the future availability of e-lectures on an open education platform for the benefit of training new marine scientists in the use of AODN data. Also, in the area of engagement and outreach, Craig Steinberg led an IMOS Data Use workshop at the conclusion of the conference, which was well attended by marine scientists, and which was supported by many members of the IMOS Community.
IMOS thanks the dedicated volunteers and committees involved in yet another successful and important AMSA Conference. IMOS looks forward to next year's conference in Fremantle, with the theme: Marine Science for a Blue Economy.
You can access the full program and abstracts of the talks from AMSA 2018 here: http://amsa18.amsa.asn.au/conference-handbook/