Seeing below the surface
Our economic, social and, indeed, our life-support systems, depend on our oceans – or more accurately, the one global ocean we all share.
Using statistics to predict seabed fauna
Wealth from Oceans Flagship environmental statisticians are working to predict the type and distribution of marine seabed fauna on Australia's continental slope.
Scientific support for Australian fisheries
CSIRO combines expertise in physics, biology, mathematics, economics and computer sciences to observe, understand and support the balanced use and conservation of Australia's marine fisheries.
Seeing under the ocean with robotic Argo floats
See how a world-wide array of robotic floats is providing scientists with data about the ocean and helping them to understand the ocean’s role in climate, and to better forecast climate and ocean conditions. CSIRO is providing a valuable contribution to this project. (2:00)
Researching healthier marine ecosystems
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is researching the impact human activities have on marine ecosystems to improve the way people and the marine environment interact.
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.
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.