Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems are beautiful, diverse and play an important role in the economic and social well-being of Australia. However, these vast areas are under pressure from rapidly changing environmental conditions.
They face global challenge of climate change, and local and regional challenges such as pollution, reduced water quality, and impacts of industry. These must be met with knowledge of these ecosystems, understanding of the risks, and solutions to ensure their sustainable development and protection.
AIMS provides research and knowledge to help meet these challenges, so that government and industry can make informed decisions about marine management.
Understanding climate change on coral reefs, and developing solutions to help them survive
Supporting decision-making around the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure
Research to fill knowledge gaps related to dredging in tropical Australian waters
Understanding the presence, effects and sources of marine microplastics
Understanding ocean acidification and its effects on coral reef organisms and ecosystems