There is wealth beneath the waves.
Wealth from Oceans Flagship: knowing our oceans, securing our future
CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship aims to provide Australians with enduring social, environmental and economic wealth from our vast ocean territory.
7 November 2007 | Updated 21 November 2013
Integrated research for maximum benefit
As scientific leaders in understanding ocean systems, processes and technologies, the Flagship focuses on national challenges where oceans play a central role.
Instead of looking at individual sectors, species or habitats, the Flagship takes a whole-of-system approach that recognises the world’s many borders share just one ocean.
Our research concentrates on triple-bottom-line delivery and integrates:
innovative ocean modelling and observing technologies
understanding of the role of oceans in climate change and variability
marine biodiversity assessment and conservation
sustainable fisheries and ecosystems
offshore energy and mineral resource exploration and production
multiple-use management for marine and coastal ecosystems.
The Flagship is also investing in marine industries and applications where our intervention will significantly increase Australia's global competitiveness. This includes seabed research and smart technology development.
Partnering for impact
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship draws on the skills of scientists from many different disciplines and collaborates with a range of organisations including:
state and federal governments and departments
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship partners with 19 universities through CSIRO's Flagship Collaboration Fund.
research agencies and universities
corporations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
non-government organisations (NGOs)
regional, national and international networks and working groups.
We partner with 19 universities through CSIRO's Flagship Collaboration Fund to tackle key research challenges, such as:
enabling integrated management of Ningaloo Reef
designing subsea pipelines to unlock stranded gas reserves
developing novel marine sensors and sensor networks
overcoming social and governance barriers to the adoption of science-based solutions in coastal management.
Since its launch in Augst 2004, the Flagship has delivered science and technology that benefits Australia and our region.
For example, the BLUElink ocean forecast system we developed with our partners, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Royal Australian Navy, provides the first six-day forecast of sea temperature, salinity and currents for the Australian ocean region.
This capability offers substantial benefits to all marine users, including:
- defence forces
- oil and gas
- search and rescue
- the public.
In addition, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization recently identified the Northern Prawn Fishery – whose harvest strategy is underpinned by Flagship science – as a global model for sustainable fisheries management. CSIRO has partnered with Government and industry for over 45 years to achieve this standard.
Technology for the high seas
With access to high-performance computing, advanced robotics and links to international remote sensing programs, we continue to push the boundaries of ocean-based research.
In doing this, we are discovering new ways to deliver benefits to the economy, while ensuring that community expectations regarding the sustainable management of oceans are met.
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship research is focused on three main areas:
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