New South Wales Integrated Marine Observing System (NSW-IMOS)

Summary

The broad geographical reach of the East Australian Current (EAC) influences the climate and marine economies of nearly half the Australian population, from Brisbane to Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart. The poleward flowing EAC brings warm water down the New South Wales (NSW) coast modulating the region’s climate as well as the composition, organisation and function of marine ecosystems.  

The EAC and the eddy field it produces dominate the marine environment on the narrow, NSW continental shelf.  NSW-IMOS’ focus on processes north and south of the separation zone off Coffs Harbour (30ºS) and Sydney (34ºS), with observations at Maria Island (South East Australia IMOS), and at the full depth EAC monitoring mooring off Stradbroke Island (Queensland's IMOS) and Bluewater and Climate IMOS observations also contributing to the understanding of these processes. 

The key research aims pertinent to NSW-IMOS are:

 

  • To contribute to national observations of decadal changes and climate variability of the EAC using common platforms and metrics.   
  • To investigate the EAC, its separation from the coast and the resultant eddy field along the coast of SE Australia. 
  • To quantify oceanographic processes on the continental shelf and slope off eastern Australia south of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • To integrate the ecosystem response with oceanographic processes.

 

 

New Australian database reveals climate change impact on fish at larval stage

One of the first of its kind in the world, a benchmark database of…

 

Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP) grant to support NSW-IMOS by facilitating cross-disciplinary integration of IMOS data

The NSW-IMOS was recently awarded a RAAP grant through the NSW State…

 

NRS Marine Microbial observatories support innovative research collecting whale blow microbiota

Sampling the microbes living in whale blow could provide an indicator…

 

Predicting the abundance of sharks along the NSW coast

Postdoc Dr Kate Lee has been funded to determine the main…

 

Shark smart

Tracking technologies have given scientists and authorities new tools…

 

Radar observations prove to be a useful tool for examining frontal eddies along the East Australian Current

A recent paper has used more than a year of high-resolution (1.5 km,…

 

Marine heatwaves – Surface temperature doesn’t tell the whole story

Marine heatwaves (MHWs) defined as ‘discrete prolonged anomalously warm…

 

A tale of two eddies in the EAC: introducing Murphy and Freddy.

Researchers in a recent study have contrasted two eddies, Murphy and…

 

NSW-IMOS announces leadership change

Following a meeting on 11 January, the New South Wales node of IMOS…

 

Glider data provides unprecedented high resolution observations of the continental shelf waters of southeastern Australia

A comprehensive data set collected by IMOS ocean gliders has been…