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Urbanisation is one of the most significant challenges facing marine and coastal environments today.  Sydney Harbour is Australia's largest, and most iconic, urbanised estuary.  This makes SIMS an ideal place from which to understand, and help manage, the pressures of urbanisation and industrialisation on the harbour and coastal ecosystems.  SIMS scientists study a broad array of impacts resulting from urbanisation, ranging from heavy metal pollution to the invasion of degraded habitats by marine pests.

SIMS, through its outreach programs, also focuses on engaging the urban community with the surrounding marine and estuarine environment.

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