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Tackling marine debris

A three year survey will visit every corner of Australia to find out where and how marine debris is accumulating – and how we can protect against it.

Dr Kenneth Lee: Wealth from Oceans Flagship Director

Dr Kenneth Lee leads a national team of multidisciplinary researchers as Director of CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.

Marine incident response

CSIRO's marine incident response team

Queensland flood research: monitoring and understanding impacts

The Queensland floods provided an opportunity for scientists to assess how our marine ecosystems respond to massive inputs of fresh water and sediments.

CSIRO scientists monitoring the BP oil spill

CSIRO scientists have been deployed to help monitor the leading edge of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr Alan Williams: exploring and understanding deep sea ecosystems

Research by Dr Alan Williams contributes to a better understanding of deep sea ecosystems and the ways in which they are affected by human activities such as fishing and hydrocarbon extraction.

Dr Rich Little: leading research on marine risk assessment

Dr Rich Little is a computer and mathematical modeller, and leads a marine risk assessment team based at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research at Hobart, Australia.

Dr Ian Cresswell: Deputy Director, Wealth from Oceans Flagship

Dr Ian Cresswell is the Deputy Director of CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship, a national research initiative delivering science to help Australians access the immense resources of our ocean in a way that balances economic, social and environmental benefit.

Ocean research capability

CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship delivers practical science that enables governments, industries and communities to make informed decisions about the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources.

Our people

CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship draws on the strength of multidisciplinary expert teams.

Partnering for impact

Through partnerships and collaborating with the world’s best, CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship addresses Australia’s challenges where oceans and coasts play a central role.

Sustainable ocean ecosystems and living resources

The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is delivering science and technology to help sustain life in Australia's ocean realm.

Our resilient coastal Australia

The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is providing Australia's governments, industries and communities with the scientific knowledge, tools and approaches to make wise decisions about our uses of coastal environments.

The dynamic ocean: building foundations for climate, national security and sustainable marine industries

The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is creating and exploiting knowledge of ocean variability and change to deliver social, environmental and economic wealth to Australia.

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. The Wealth from Oceans Flagship focuses on national challenges where oceans play a central role.

Building a bigger picture of the Great Australian Bight

CSIRO, BP, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, University of Adelaide and Flinders University are unlocking the mysteries of the Great Australian Bight’s vast area of ocean and coast; a region which already shows an abundance of marine resources and wealth which can be realised for the benefit of all Australians.

Dr Terry O'Kane: identifying modes of climate variability and predictability

Dr Terry O’Kane’s research leads to more accurate climate predictions through the improved description of Southern Hemisphere ocean-atmosphere circulation.

Dr David C Smith: generating sound advice for marine resource management

Dr David Smith leads research that supports the balanced use of marine resources, focusing on sustainable fisheries and ecosystem conservation.


BLUElink project is delivered in partnership by CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Royal Australian Navy. The system delivers beach and ocean forecasting systems assisting the Navy, marine planners and managers, maritime industry and safety authorities to guide their activities at sea and near shore.

Emergency expertise

Under a formal agreement, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority will draw on the scientific knowledge and technical support of CSIRO before, during and after a maritime environmental incident, such as an oil spill, to help better understand the impact of pollution on the surrounding marine environment.

Dr Joanna Parr: leading research on balancing our coastal pressures

Dr Joanna Parr leads the Wealth from Oceans Flagship's research into balancing the increasing pressure on Australia's coastline and providing systems to enable efficient resolution of conflicting objectives that arise in coastal development.

Exploring the social dimensions of the Australian seafloor exploration and mining industry

Wealth from Oceans Flagship research is exploring stakeholder reactions to the prospect of a seafloor exploration and mining industry expansion in Australia, identifying a number of initial stakeholder requirements that would need to be addressed if the industry is to expand.

Pipelines into the deep

Subsea or underwater pipelines carry oil and gas from drilling platforms to coastal processing centres. The CSIRO Subsea Pipeline Cluster worked closely with industry and universities to improve the safety of subsea exploration, mining and transport in Australian waters.

Australia's Marine Ecological Indicators Reports

Research has identified a set of indicators of marine ecosystem health and identified pressures that threaten Australia's marine environment.

Future Reef MAP

Ocean acidification can have a detrimental effect on corals and other organisms that build healthy coral reef ecosystems. CSIRO, with Rio Tinto Alcan and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, are collecting water sample along the Great Barrier Reef to better understand what impact ocean acidification may have on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef.

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