International Collaborators

The ocean is a globally connected system, and international collaboration is essential to the marine observing enterprise.  International collaboration enabled through IMOS provides both significant benefit to Australia, and a basis for Australian science to contribute to questions of global significance.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A department of University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centres for ocean, earth and atmospheric science research, education, and public service in the world.

Scripps contribute to the IMOS Ship of Opportunity Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT) Sub-Facility, providing temperature profiles of the oceans surrounding Australia using high-resolution repeat lines occupied by merchant ships. Scripps also collaborated with Argo on deployments in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA's vision is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what they do and learn will benefit all humankind. For more than 50 years NASA has been trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?

  • Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) - Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets
  • AODN and Ocean Current - National Centre for Space Studies, France (CNES)/NASA Ocean Surface 
  • Topography Science Team (OSTST)
  • Satellite Remote Sensing - Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program
  • International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group
  • SeaHarre6 calibration/validation Project

European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) was Founded in 1939 by governmental decree. It is a public organisation under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research.

Ocean Tracking Network

The Ocean Tracking Network is a Canadian organisation whose mission is to create a global partnership to construct and sustain a scientific platform and the associated trained personnel to collect, store, share, analyse, and use aquatic tracking and environmental data to support sustainable management of valued aquatic species.

Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU)

SMRU is a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Collaborative Centre that provides the UK’s main science capability in the field of marine mammal biology. SMRU focuses its research effort on cetaceans and seals.

French Polar Institute

L'Institut polaire français Paul Émile Victor (IPEV) provides a legal framework and the human, logistical, financial and technical resources to the development of French research in the polar regions.

First Institute of Oceanography (FIO)

FIO is a Chinese research institute of the State Oceanic Administration engaged in both basic and applied research in oceanography and marine related science and technology. It supports the development of high-tech industries, advances marine science and technology, and provides technical support and research services in the areas of marine resources management, national marine protection, public service, marine economic development and marine safety.

  • University of Tasmania (UTAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese State Oceanic Administration in 2008

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

NIWA's mission is to conduct leading environmental science to enable the sustainable management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet. NIWA is a Crown Research Institute established in 1992. It operates as a stand-alone company with its own Board of Directors and Executive.

  • Biogeochemical - instrumentation and data from RV Tangaroa
  • Air-sea Fluxes – instrumentation and data from RV Tangaroa
  • AATAMS Sat Tags – vessel and personnel support for satellite tag deployments in the Southern Pacific Ocean
  • Argo – deployments from the vessel RV Kaharoa

Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS)

The SOOS is an international initiative with the mission to coordinate and expand the efforts of all nations and programs that gather data from the Southern Ocean, with the specific aim of developing a coherent and efficient observing system that will deliver the observations required to address key scientific and societal challenges.

National Science Foundation (USA)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.

  • Deepwater Arrays – Use of Nathanial B Palmer vessel for attempted recovery of the Polynya moorings in 13/14


A global seafood enterprise and industry leader with a worldwide fishing and processing network. It is one of the largest suppliers of fresh and frozen seafood and has established a new office and team in Australia.   

  • Bio-acoustic - Provide data from calibrated echosounders from vessels fishing in areas of interest for the Sub-Facility.