Technology development and innovation

Information, monitoring and decision-making tools to help managers meet the challenges of sustainable ocean use.

A strong science base is vital to achieving the best social, environmental and economic outcomes for Australia’s marine estate, but more than 75 per cent of Australia’s marine estate is unexplored.

Economical ways are needed to collect, manage and analyse measurements across immense areas of ocean, and provide useful tools for managers.

AIMS is providing the required innovation and technology, combining advanced observation and information systems, experimental design, data analysis, mathematical and statistical modelling and ecological risk assessment.

We’re developing automated observation systems that can enter sensitive and harsh environments, and produce more data using less energy. Measurements are collected using sensors on research vessels, ocean moorings, reef platforms, robotic gliders, autonomous underwater vehicles, satellites and mobile animals, often in partnership with Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System. National data ‘pipelines’ and emerging smart systems are being entrained to extract and visualise the information.

We undertake long-term data collection and large-scale observations and calculations in areas such as hydrodynamic modelling and the integration of biological and genetic information. This work is exemplified by eReefs (visualisation and reporting tools for the Great Barrier Reef) and eAtlas (research, maps and data for tropical Australia).

At our Cape Ferguson headquarters, the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim), a world class marine research facility, can replicate and vary natural conditions, allowing scientists to unravel complex issues such as individual and cumulative impacts, ecosystem resilience and biological processes.