AIMS research is developed through consultation with the key users of marine science and technology and is prioritised within the framework established by our resources and capabilities, user needs, the National Research Priorities and Australia's Oceans Policy.

Our stakeholders identified three broad strategic research directions representing their expectations of our future performance:

  • understand tropical marine ecosystems and processes;
  • understand the responses of tropical marine ecosystems to global changes; and
  • support the sustainable development of tropical marine based industries.

This research, outlined in the Research Plan, is delivered through multidisciplinary research teams.