IMOS is commencing its second decade and due to the success and increased interest we have just held our fourth workshop. The aim of the ACOMO workshop is to keep encouraging, advance and support the co-evolution and engagement between Australia’s integrated marine observing system and our national coastal and ocean modelling capability.
Building on the previous three workshops (2012, 2014 and 2016) this year’s ACOMO workshop had an increasing focus on integration.
This meeting was organised around the following Themes and related Topics:
- Geographic integration,
- Integration across scales,
- Discipline integration,
- Model-observation integration, and
- Integration within frameworks.
The meeting brought together over 90 participants from research organisations, universities, government departments and private industry across Australia, as well as attendees from international organisations.
The event was focused on putting marine science, technology, engineering and mathematics into action. Discussing how we can best use smart sensors, robotic instruments, satellite data, research vessels, super computers, and numerical models to examine complex problems in marine science with real impact: in understanding the state of our oceans, the variability of our climate, and the health of our marine ecosystems from fisheries to reefs across Australia.
Presenters covered every trophic level from microbes, cyanobacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, pelagic fish, to even the first marine ecosystem assessment of the Southern Ocean. Physical phenomena from boundary currents, coastal upwelling, thermal stress on reefs, surface waves were also presented.
The series of biennial ACOMO workshops was started by IMOS in 2012 with the aim to push at the boundaries of model-data fusion. The long-term vision is to be a platform that bridges across disciplines and helps create the synergies needed to progress marine science through modelling and observations, with practical applications for the benefit of industry, government and society.
The keynote address was presented by Dr Annalisa Bracco, from Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA. Annalisa gave an overview of recent studies of physical and biogeochemical interactions across mesoscale and submesoscale flows focusing on the Gulf of Mexico. She described the physical mechanisms responsible for the patterns of oil dispersion at the ocean surface and along the continental shelf using models and observations from the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and provided examples of how mesoscale and submesoscale circulations impact the dispersion of biologically and climatically relevant tracers, from coral larvae to carbon.
Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO gave a talk to the particpants before the poster session on Day 1. Dr Finkel highlighted how in the 2018 Budget "IMOS was specifically recognised as a national priority."
Dr Ana Lara-Lopez, chair of the ACOMO organising committee says “this workshop has been embraced by the ocean and coastal modelling community since its inception, and it is exciting to see how the workshop has evolved from physical oceanography to now include ecosystems and biology."
"Interest in this workshop has been growing and it fills a niche in marine science where modelling and observations can combine. I have enjoyed organising this workshop along with a fantastic committee of experts since 2014.”
Many of the abstracts will be submitted to a special issue of the Journal of Marine Systems: “Integrated approaches for coastal and ocean modelling and observation.”
To view the agenda, abstracts and presentations of ACOMO 2018 visit the workshop page.
The ACOMO workshop was organized by IMOS and sponsored by the CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.