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06.10.2014 23:34 Age: 3 yrs

STEMming the tides

The Australian Coastal and Oceans Modelling and Observations Workshop starts today at the Academy of Science, with Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb as guest speaker.


Image credit: Aaron Chai, University of Queensland

Some of Australia’s best and brightest marine scientists are meeting in the Canberra this week (7-8 October) to discuss the latest research aiming to unlock the secrets of the oceans surrounding Australia.

The Australian Coastal and Oceans Modelling and Observations Workshop will be held at the Academy of Science, with Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb as guest speaker.

The workshop is organized by the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), and sponsored by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, The University of Western Australia, Sydney Institute of Marine Science and the Bureau of Meteorology. The purpose of the workshop is to keep encouraging and supporting the co-evolution and engagement between Australia’s integrated marine observing system and our national coastal and ocean modelling capability.

IMOS Director Mr Tim Moltmann said marine science grapples with incredibly complex problems with real world impact: the state of our oceans, the variability of our climate, and the health of fisheries and reefs around Australia.

“We use smart sensors and robotic instruments, big vessels and super computers, numerical models and clever statistics,” he said.  “We have to be highly interdisciplinary – it’s science, technology, engineering and maths in one big melting pot.” 

“Our job is to understand changes happening in the marine environment, and the effect they will have on people living all around Australia, both near the coast and inland.”

The multi-discipline approach required makes marine scientists strong supporters of Professor Chubb’s call for a new national strategy and an increased investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

To find out more about the workshop, including the agenda and abstracts click here

IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by Australian Government. It is led by University of Tasmania in partnership with the Australian marine and climate science community.