Queensland's Integrated Marine Observing System (Q-IMOS)
In 2006, the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), the Queensland Government, and the Collaborating Partners committed over $14M to the creation of a Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observing System (GBROOS) as the Queensland Node of IMOS. In 2007, the first data streams from moored instruments were placed in the national archive and the entire allocated infrastructure was in place by 2009. That same year, the IMOS Board enhanced GBROOS with several new capabilities (ocean gliders, acoustic receivers, pCO2/pH sensors) and funded a National Reference Station (NRS) in South East Queensland. Following this expansion beyond the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the Node was rebranded as Queensland's Integrated Marine Observing System (Q-IMOS).
The Q-IMOS Node Science and implementation Plan (NSIP) is based on understanding the impacts of ocean variability in the Coral Sea upon the condition and productivity of shelf ecosystems along the east coast of Queensland, with a current focus on the section of the continental shelf influenced by the southerly-flowing East Australian Current (EAC). This region includes the southern half of the iconic Great Barrier Reef (GBR), the majority of Queensland’s commercial fisheries production, and the great majority of the State’s coastal population.
Northern Australia set to benefit from user-driven collaborative marine research
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IMOS Task Team goes troppo to solve radiometry challenges
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IMOS data charts the course of the 2015-16 coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef
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Experimental drifting wave buoy observations of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie
Tropical Cyclone Debbie left a well documented trail of destruction in north Queensland. IMOS observations have enhanced our understanding of its impact on the marine environment.
Intrusive upwelling in the central Great Barrier Reef
The central Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has an open reef matrix along the outer-shelf compared to the north and south which presents more as a true barrier.
Slocum gliders track sub-surface warming in the Great Barrier Reef
In recent months, widespread coral bleaching has been reported from the Northern to the Central Great Barrier Reef (GBR).