Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-02-0008PresentationOral


Tim Moltmann*1, Ana Lara-Lopez1, Gary Meyers2

1 Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), University of Tasmania, Australia
2 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia


Since the first International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) concluded in 1965, tremendous advances have been made in our ability to observe the ocean. Building on IIOE, initiatives such as the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (1990-2002) and the Global Ocean Observing System (established in 1991) have created an environment of increasing collaboration between countries at global and regional scales. Australian scientists and institutions have been involved in these initiatives, but it was only in 2006 that the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) was established as a national collaborative research infrastructure - IMOS routinely operates a wide range of equipment in the oceans surrounding Australia, integrating from the open ocean onto the continental shelf and into the coast, and across physical, chemical and biological variables. All of the data are openly accessible through a standards-based information infrastructure, for use by the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators. IMOS has a strong focus in the Eastern Indian Ocean, providing observations relevant to the study of ENSO and IOD as modes of climate variability, and the Indonesian Throughflow and Leeuwin Current as important elements of global circulation. All of these features are significant for regional trade, development, and security through their impacts on offshore energy extraction, ports and shipping, search and rescue, fisheries and aquaculture, terrestrial agriculture, and world heritage marine environments. As IMOS comes to the end of its first decade of operation (2006-16), plans are being made for the longer-term including contribution to IIOE-2.