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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.


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.

An overview of the Wells And Subsea Technologies Group program

The Wells and Subsea Technologies program is working towards creating smart wells and ways to dispense with traditional platforms

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.

Petroleum hydrogeology reveals oil leakage from traps

CSIRO hydrogeologists have adapted specialised techniques to understand how to extract more oil from reservoirs as well as identify geological structures to safely store carbon dioxide emissions.

Maintaining healthy pelagic fisheries and ecosystems

Supporting the science-based management of Australia’s Commonwealth and internationally-shared pelagic fisheries.

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.

Changes to ocean temperature affect Australia’s climate variability

Marine science and oceanography expeditions by the Wealth from Oceans Flagship are continuing to research the impact on Australia’s climate caused by changes to the Southern Ocean and its composition.

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.

Statistics for the northern prawn fishery project

CSIRO statisticians work closely with CSIRO marine scientists and external partners to support the sustainability of the Northern Prawn Fishery, the most valuable Commonwealth fishery.

Dr Nic Bax: expert in marine resource management

Dr Nic Bax is applying his expertise in marine resource management to help understand, manage and conserve our oceans’ biodiversity.

Near wellbore reservoir characterisation tool: phase II

CSIRO is developing a software tool that can characterise well inflow performance, probabilistically, on a continuous/real-time basis utilising a variety of data sources.

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.

Locating hydrocarbon resource deposits using nanosensors

The Wealth from Oceans Flagship research into nanosensors that can detect and differentiate hydrocarbons in marine environments may lead to the discovery of previously untapped oil and gas deposits.

Locating hydrocarbon resources using nanochemical sensors

Sensing technologies for hydrocarbons and their potential use as exploration devices is being delivered through the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship (2 pages).

Molecular Composition of oil Inclusions (MCI™) service

Molecular Composition of oil Inclusions (MCI™) techniques are useful to oil exploration ventures, providing advanced understanding of the molecular composition of hydrocarbon inclusions.

MCI™ technique: understanding petroleum trapped within rocks

Advancing the understanding of the molecular composition of hydrocarbon inclusions using CSIRO Petroleum’s MCI™ technique. Where it’s used, the advantages and the details.

Professor Matthew England: Flagship Fellow

Dr England undertook a Flagship Fellowship in 2005-06 to determine the influence of climate change in the Southern Ocean on Australian weather patterns.

Mapping life on the ocean floor off Western Australia

CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship is exploring the ocean floor around Australia to provide valuable information about marine habitats and how they can be managed sustainably.

Learning how to manage Australia's coastal waters

CSIRO is carrying out research to better understand and manage our coastal regions so that we can maintain the social and economic well-being of our marine environment.

Understanding the connections between land and atmosphere

CSIRO research is improving our understanding of how the interactions between land and atmosphere can impact on climate, water resources, environmental health and productivity.

IPETS Consortium: reducing uncertainty in oil and gas exploration

An industry funded consortium whose objective is to reduce exploration risks associated with ‘seals’ and ‘traps’.

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