Past research partnerships
The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for the Sustainable Development of the Great Barrier Reef supported research into the history of sediment and contaminant deposition in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon, mainly in the mangrove and coastal areas affected by the sediment plumes of the Burdekin and Herbert River catchments in north Queensland. This project ran from 1992 to 1999.
AIMS collaborated with Northern Territory Government to study the water quality of the greater Darwin Harbour, monitoring nine sites and documenting changes due to natural seasonal variations and human activities.
AIMS and CSIRO Division of Livestock Industries coordinated an international collaborative research program to develop a framework genetic linkage map of the giant tiger prawn, Penaeus monodon.
Tropical river–ocean processes in coastal settings (TROPICS)
This large, multinational project focused on wet tropical river catchments on contrasting coastal shelves in Papua New Guinea and West Papua. It aimed to understand mechanisms and establish models of coastal ocean trapping, bypassing and cycling of solutes and sediments from these catchments.
Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility
The Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility (MTSRF) developed collaborative, public-benefit research marshalling Australia's best tropical environmental researchers to support the conservation and sustainable use of north Queensland’s environmental assets—the Wet Tropics rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef and the Torres Strait.
The facility was part of the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities Program (CERF), an initiative of the Australian Government that invested $A100 million in public good research over four years from July 2006.
AIMS was involved in four MTSRF themes:
- status of ecosystems
- risks and threats to ecosystems
- halting and reversing the decline of water quality
- sustainable use and management of natural resources.