a diver looks at the edge of a reef

Environmental Issues

Understanding the challenges facing Australia’s tropical marine environments

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.