Research Partnerships

The societal benefits of investment in IMOS are realised through uptake and use of observations and data to undertake marine and climate science that has relevance and impact.  To some extent this is implicit in the fact that IMOS is broadly engaged across the Australian marine and climate science community.  However it is equally important that IMOS is explicitly responsive to current and emerging national priorities.  Partnerships with major Australian research initiatives that require marine observations and data provide a mechanism for prioritisation and focus.

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)

The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) is a multidisciplinary partnership providing science, knowledge and understanding about the crucial role played by Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in global climate, and the impacts of climate change on Australia and the world.

ACE CRC provides a significant pathway for uptake and use of IMOS observations, and is also a co-investor in the IMOS program.  ACE CRC makes use of observations and data from the following IMOS Facilities/Sub-Facilities:

  • Argo Floats (south of 350)
  • Ships of Opportunity (L’Astrolabe, Aurora Australis)
  • Deepwater Moorings (Southern Ocean Time Series, Polynya)
  • Animal Tracking (Southern Ocean Seals as Samplers, and Monitoring Apex Predators in the Southern Ocean)
  • Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN)

BlueLINK Ocean Forecasting

Bluelink was established in 2001, as a partnership between CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, and the Royal Australian Navy, with the goal of developing an operational forecasting system for the global ocean circulation around Australia.


eReefs is a collaborative project focussed on the Great Barrier Reef – Using the latest technologies to collate data, leading-edge integrated modelling, eReefs will produce powerful visualisation, communication and reporting tools to benefit government agencies, Reef managers, policy makers, researchers, industry and local communities. 

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a co-funded partnership between the Australian Government and the fishing industry. Its role is to plan and invest in fisheries research, development and extension (RD&E) activities in Australia. This includes providing leadership and coordination of the monitoring, evaluating and reporting on RD&E activities, facilitating dissemination, extension and commercialisation.

Great Australian Bight Collaborative Research Program

The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide, and Flinders University. It aims to obtain information about the unique marine environment and potential marine resources within the Great Australian Bight (GAB), and will provide information to decision makers to support sustainable development in the region and monitor possible future impacts.

National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub

The Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub is committed to building a world-leading climate and Earth systems science capability and using an understanding of Australia’s past, present and future climate to supply useful and accessible climate information for Australia.

Its research will help address major challenges that the changing climate poses for Australia, encompassing water, food, natural resources and our environment, our coasts, natural disasters and greenhouse gases.

National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Marine Biodiversity Hub

The NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub provides scientific information and advice to support decision making in the marine environment, specifically in implementing and monitoring marine bioregional plans, developing the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas, and supporting the information needs of the Department of the Environment in providing key baseline information.

Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP)

A key part of the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) is the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program.

This coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Reef and its adjacent catchment will help track the progress towards targets and objectives of the Reef 2050 Plan. 

It will cover all aspects of the Reef’s environment including its natural and physical attributes, heritage values and its social, economic and cultural aspects.

Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI)

The Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) is a collaboration of State, Federal, industry and academic entities cooperating to create benchmark research and independent, quality scientific information. It carries out research into climate change, biodiversity, the iconic Ningaloo Marine Park, sustainable fisheries, biotechnology and oceanography, and has overseen the development of a marine bioresources library that will store thousands of marine samples collected by researchers.