Bainbridge, Scott

Scott Bainbridge

Marine Imaging Specialist
Data and Technology Innovation Program

(07) 4753 4377
+61-7-4753 4377


Areas of interest and expertise include data, marine imaging, informatics, real time systems, sensor networks, coral reefs, climate change.


1985-1987: [AIMS] Experimental Scientist: Crowns of Thorns Starfish Project (data and field work)
1987-1989: [AIMS] Experimental Scientist: Remote Sensing of Coral Reefs
1990-1993: [MMT Pty Ltd] Operations Manager, Remote Sensing and Coastal Mapping
1993-1997: [AIMS] Data Specialist: Long Term Monitoring Project
1997-2007: [AIMS] IT Manager
2000-2007: [AIMS] Manager, AIMS Data Centre
2007-2015: [AIMS] GBROOS Project Manager
2007-Present: [AIMS] Leader, Wireless Sensor Network Facility, IMOS
2013-Present: [AIMS] Marine Imaging Specialist, Data and Tech Innovation



Marine Imaging Specialist overseeing the development of marine imaging solutions for autonomous and semi-autonomous marine observing platforms and systems. 

Facility Leader of the Facility for Automated Intelligent Monitoring of Marine Systems (FAIMMS). Activities include design and deployment of reef-based sensor networks, design of data systems and software to support real-time environmental data, development of the next generation of sensor and data systems to support future environmental and biological monitoring and development of tools for users to use and integrate sensor data. 

Other Activities


Member, Ocean Data Interoperability Project (ODIP)
Board Member, Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility (AODC-JF)
Co-Chair, Coral Reef Ecological Observation Network (CREON)
Member, James Cook University Industry Advisory Panel
Member, OGC Technical Group
Member, EarthCube Sensor Network Panel
Expert, Ocean Data Interoperability Program (EU-USA-AU)



The following are a selection of recent publications.
Bainbridge SJ (2017) Temperature and light patterns at four reefs along the Great Barrier Reef during the 2015-2016 austral summer: understanding patterns of observed coral bleaching. Journal of Operational Oceanography 10(1):16-29

Bainbridge SJ, Gardner S (2016) Comparison of human and camera visual acuity-setting the benchmark for shallow water autonomous imaging platforms. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 4(1): 17

Bainbridge S, Berkelmans R, Sweatman H, Weeks S (2015) Monitoring the health of Torres Strait Reefs. Project 2.3 Final Report. Report to the National Environmental Research Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (pp 74)

Bainbridge S, Berkelmans R (2014) The use of climatologies and Bayesian models to link observations to outcomes; an example from the Torres Strait. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 16: 1041-1049

Bainbridge S, Eggeling D, Page G (2011) Lessons from the field - Two years of deploying operational wireless sensor networks on the Great Barrier Reef. Sensors 11: 6842-6855

Bainbridge S (2011) A services based architecture for achieving interoperability of environmental observational data. pp 15-20. In: Jones MB, Gries CG (Eds) Proceedings of the Environmental Information Management Conference 2011 (EIM 2011). University of California at Santa Barbara

Bainbridge S, Page G, Jaroensutasinee M, Jaroensutasinee K (2011) Towards a services based architecture for real time marine observing data. pp. 1-6. OCEANS MTS/IEEE Conference (OCEANS-11).

Bainbridge S (2010) GBROOS An Ocean Observing System for the Great Barrier Reef. pp. 529-533. In: Riegl B, Dodge R (Eds) 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Fort 

Lauderdale, July 7-11, 2008. National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University

Bainbridge S, Steinberg CR, Heron ML (2010) Integrating observations: an example from the Great Barrier Reef. Sea Technology 51: 33-38

Bainbridge S, Bass DK, Miller IR (1994) Broadscale surveys of crown-of-thorns starfish, corals on the Great Barrier Reef 1992 to 1993. Long term monitoring of the Great 

Barrier Reef. Crown-of thorns study Report no. 1. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 131 p.