The meeting again attracted a large attendance of over 120 people. The meeting included the IMOS Community of Facility operators, Node leaders, operator representatives, research partners, operational partners, and representatives from the ocean modelling community. We also welcomed several colleagues from New Zealand, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands.
The meeting held in Brisbane from 12-14 February had several themes – the growth and extension of IMOS capability, program updates, and planning for use and impact. We also had overviews from program leaders, including from our new IMOS Board Chair, John Gunn and the new AODN Director, Sebastien Mancini.
Topics related to the themes were interspersed across the agenda and included:
The growth and extension of IMOS capability
The meeting discussed the enhancement of IMOS through new initiatives enabled by the increased and stable funding announced in the 2018 Budget. These included new investment in waves observations, event-based sampling, engagement with the National Reef Monitoring Network, and the launch of our new technology proving capability.
The community heard from leaders of facilities with planned growth out to 2022, including the enhancement of the Argo facility to include BGC Argo, a reconfiguration of the animal tracking network, and increase capability within the AUV and Moorings facilities. We also heard from the team at IMOS OceanCurrent, who have refreshed the utility and visual appearance of the website to enable greater access to IMOS data.
In light of our new funding and ongoing pursuit of impact, it was opportune that the IMOS Office presented on the reporting requirements between IMOS and the Department of Education and Training, and with the IMOS Advisory Board.
The IMOS Scientific Officer gave an update on QA-QC procedures and advancement, noting that the quality assurance of IMOS data is a core Facility role, while quality control was a shared responsibility across the program.
Planning for use and impact
The IMOS Office presented ongoing work to ensure the uses of IMOS data are captured. The new ‘Impact Database’ is part of a broader strategy to ensure that we can communicate and measure the impact of IMOS.
The strategy of ‘pathways to impact' was outlined in an overview of our stakeholder engagement approach. Many in the room were representatives of national-scale research and operational partnerships, whose research priorities help ensure the uptake of observations from IMOS-derived facilities for the benefit of all Australians.
The IMOS Office would like to thank all those who travelled to the meeting, and for their positive contributions to this important annual event.
All of the powerpoint presentations from the meeting are available here.