Advanced materials and surface technologies for reducing biofouling
Biofouling affects ships, underwater infrastructure like pipes and cables, oil platforms, and even seismic survey equipment. A Wealth from Oceans Flagship team is testing advanced surface-based technologies to prevent biofouling. One approach is biomimicry, a technique of reproducing fouling-resistant surface structures found in nature.
QGF and QGF-E
These techniques allow us to understand hydrocarbon migration and accumulation. They detect current and palaeo-oil zones by measuring the fluorescence from hydrocarbons sealed in fluid inclusions and at the surface of siliciclastic rocks.
Platform-free oil and gas extraction
Current estimates suggest Australia has over A$1 trillion of oil and gas reserves that cannot be developed by conventional methods. With sub-sea and down-hole technologies, this resource is no longer out of reach.
Petroleum hydrogeology services at CSIRO
CSIRO has developed a team of hydrogeologists that have adapted special techniques for understanding hydrodynamic processes of the deep subsurface where oil and gas is generated and trapped and where CO2 can be safely stored for thousands of years.
Our changing atmosphere
CSIRO’s changing atmosphere research measures and models levels of greenhouse and ozone-depleting gases in the atmosphere. The information underpins integrated solutions and sound management strategies for climate change and ozone depletion issues.
Oil migration intervals (OMI™)
The OMI™ technique is used to determine buoyancy and capillary controls in reservoirs in order to assess the location of oil accumulation.
Oceans of change: oceans and climate change
Although we are aware of the ways our climate is shaping changes on the land, we are less familiar with change beneath the waves of the worlds’ oceans and coastal waterways, and the influences that our oceans and our changing climate have on each other.
The Ocean Conveyor Belt
The oceans are the largest repository of heat on Earth, with a capacity 1 000 times greater than the atmosphere. This heat is distributed around the globe by ocean currents referred to as the ‘conveyor belt’. This circulation influences, and is influenced by, the climate.
New classifications system for marine bioregions
In 2005-06, the National Marine Bioregionalisation of Australia provided a framework for classifying Australia’s marine environment into bioregions relevant to their physical environment and ecological communities.