IMOS observations for ocean acidification research

Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) was established in 2007 under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), and extended under the Education Investment Fund (EIF) in 2009.  It has successfully deployed a range of observing equipment in the oceans around Australia, making all of the data freely and openly available through the IMOS Ocean Portal ( for the benefit of Australian marine and ocean-climate science as a whole.

IMOS is guided by a National Science and Implementation Plan that has been developed collaboratively with the open-ocean ‘Bluewater and Climate’ Node, and the five regional Nodes covering Australia’s coastal oceans i.e. NSW-IMOS, QIMOS, WAIMOS, SAIMOS and TasIMOS.
The National Science Plan addresses five major research themes i.e.

1. Multi-decadal ocean change,
2. Climate variability and weather extremes
3. Major boundary currents and inter-basin flows
4. Continental shelf processes, and
5. Ecosystem responses (productivity, abundance and distribution).

IMOS makes a range of observations, spread across nodes and facilities, of relevance to understanding many research areas. The aim of these documents is to summarise these IMOS activities for different research areas.

IMOS Observations for Ocean Acidification Research March 2012

IMOS Integrated Marine Observing System, Web site.

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