The Importance of Marine Research
Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface. They are a fundamental life sustaining feature of our planet, absorbing heat and circulating it around the globe to regulate our climate. The heat capacity of the top three metres of the ocean is equivalent to that of the whole of the atmosphere. Australia’s ocean jurisdiction is one of the largest in the world, larger than our total land area, yet is poorly known.
Our marine and coastal environments are facing an unprecedented range of pressures, including climate change, invasive species, and urbanisation. Forecasts of the impacts of these rely critically on our understanding of ocean processes. The scale and diversity of marine research urgently needs to increase to match the scale and diversity of the threats.
The SIMS model is for a single collaborative campus bringing together the skills from all of the associated institutions. This is the best model for world class marine research.