AIMS’ extensive monitoring and discovery research supports marine environmental reporting and decision-making by government, industry and other stakeholders. We monitor coral reefs, water quality, weather and ocean conditions across Australia’s tropical waters.
Since 1983, we have operated the longest, most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef monitoring program, documenting the condition and trends of reefs in the World Heritage area. In Western Australia, we have monitored the north west's remote reefs since 1994. This program helps us to understand the natural variability of these isolated fish and coral communities, and their resilience to disturbances such as cyclones.
Much of Australia’s marine estate remains unexplored. Our research reveals communities in isolated regions with the combined use of surveys and spatial modelling.
Our monitoring and discovery research reveals the unknown, sets baselines and reports changes and trends for management evaluation.
Coastal and ocean observing
Facilitating the Integrated Marine Observing System across northern Australia
Monitoring water quality
Monitoring the long-term conditions and trends in water quality on the Great Barrier Reef
North West Shoals to Shore
Understanding the impacts of oil and gas exploration and development in Australia's north west
Building a comprehensive database of sea temperatures from around tropical Australia