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Flagship research projects

Flagship Collaboration Fund projects provide a means to engage outside expertise to help achieve a particular flagship objective and to enhance collaboration with the university sector.

Ningaloo Niño – the story behind the massive 2011 WA marine heatwave

Abnormal climatic conditions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans during the 2010-2011 La Niña event combined to create the extreme marine heatwave seen off the Western Australia coast in 2011, according to a new paper published in Nature Scientific Reports.

Rock lobster fishery balances lifestyle and livelihood

CSIRO researchers are studying the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery to develop a scientific approach to integrate cultural factors into natural resource management.

Sydney: North Ryde, NSW (CSIRO North Ryde)

CSIRO's North Ryde site is in the heart of Sydney's hi-tech hub and near Macquarie University. More than 500 staff members work in mining, food, manufacturing, sustainability, health, petroleum and more.

Preparing for marine incidents [external link]

CSIRO has joined forces with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to provide support for maritime environmental incidents, like oil spills and shipping accidents. Our expertise and experience in maritime and marine science will serve AMSA’s need for immediate advice during an incident response to ensure timely decisions can be made that help minimise impact, and monitor Australia’s marine environment against oil spills, pollution or damage from a vessel collision or grounding.

Ocean science robot revolution hits symbolic millionth milestone

An innovative global observing system based on drifting sensors cycling from the surface to the ocean mid-depths is being celebrated by scientists today after reaching a major milestone – one million incredibly valuable ocean observations.

Researchers develop environmental assessment model for southern Tasmanian estuaries

Work has begun on a new computer model which will enable communities and aquaculture industries to better assess environmental and human impacts, on estuarine and marine environments in Tasmania.

Our changing beaches - scientists look for a break in the surf zone

Australian scientists are taking a closer look at a south Perth beach in a research project to improve short and long-term beach and shoreline predictions.

Researching possible links between the Indonesian Throughflow and Australia's climate

CSIRO scientists will today head to the Ombai Strait and Timor Passage to collect data vital to understanding how an ocean current in the region affects Australia’s climate and weather.

Future Research Vessel

In May 2009 the Australian Government allocated $120 million for a new ocean-going research vessel to replace the current Marine National Facility Research Vessel, the 66-metre Southern Surveyor.

Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation examined in new book

Sustainable management of Australia’s much-loved coast is complex and challenging. Much is already known about coastal environments, but to date, coastal management has had limited success; in some cases management decisions have made problems worse.

Moreton Bay seagrasses make full recovery after the flood

CSIRO researchers have found that vital seagrass beds in Moreton Bay recovered within 12 months of the 2011 Brisbane floods.

Warming causes more extreme shifts of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rain band

South Pacific countries will experience more extreme floods and droughts, in response to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a paper out today in the journal Nature.

White shark spotted in the west (Queensland that is)

You may have seen A Fish Called Wanda, but have you met one? Well now you can. Wanda the white shark will be travelling to regional Queensland as part of CSIRO’s National Science Week event Oceans in the Outback.

Perth: Floreat, WA (Centre for Environment and Life Sciences (CELS))

The Centre for Environment and Life Sciences draws together the capabilities of seven CSIRO research areas to provide solutions to environmental management problems and to improve the health of Australians.

New discovery of how carbon is stored in the Southern Ocean

A team of British and Australian scientists has discovered how carbon is drawn down from the surface of the Southern Ocean to the deep waters beneath.

Australia to catch the wave and hang ten (per cent that is)

Australia’s oceans hold a bounty of energy and could produce 24-hour power, either from the tides, currents or waves.

CSIRO signs landmark agreement with US NOAA on marine and climate research

CSIRO and the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today signed a series of agreements that bring together the scientific capabilities of two global leaders in marine and atmospheric research.

Getting a fix on the gulf oil slick (Podcast 08 Sep 2010)

CSIRO scientists have been testing prototype sensor technology in the Gulf of Mexico and helping monitor the leading edge of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (5:29)

International collaboration in energy and oceans science and technology

CSIRO works with industry leaders and researchers around the world to solve challenges related to energy production and management, and sustainable benefits from marine resources.

AES:WA, an industry partnership with Chevron

AES:WA, the Western Australian Alliance for Advanced Energy Solutions is a strategic partnership between WA:ERA and Chevron.

Latest Southern Ocean research shows continuing deep ocean change

New research by teams of Australian and US scientists has found there has been a massive reduction in the amount of Antarctic Bottom Water found off the coast of Antarctica.

Dr Tom Hatton: Group Executive, Energy

As Group Executive Energy, Dr Tom Hatton has responsibilities across the Energy, Oceans and Resources domains supported by an annual budget of $220M.

Earth's water cycle intensifying with atmospheric warming

A clear change in salinity has been detected in the world’s oceans, signalling shifts and an acceleration in the global rainfall and evaporation cycle.

Ocean Tracks–dive in!

Dive with sharks and fish in lifelike animations and follow their paths using interactive maps based on CSIRO’s marine-tagging research.

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