About Australia's Marine National Facility

Australia's only dedicated blue-water ocean research facility enables world-class research in our vast marine estate.

What is the Marine National Facility?

The Marine National Facility (MNF) is Australia’s only dedicated blue-water ocean research facility.

It enables marine scientists employed by Australian research organisations and their international collaborators to undertake world-class research in our vast marine estate. 

Under direction of an independent Steering Committee, the Marine National Facility is owned and operated by CSIRO on behalf of the Australian Government.

The MNF comprises:

  • a blue-water research vessel
  • a suite of scientific equipment and instrumentation
  • a collection of more than 30 years of marine data
  • the expertise and systems required to manage blue-water research and support research vessel users.

What research does the Marine National Facility support?

As a multi-disciplinary research capability, the MNF supports all major areas of marine and atmospheric research activity.  

Research examples include:

  • understanding the key role of the ocean and atmosphere in controlling Australia’s climate variability
  • improving management of marine ecosystems linked to our fisheries
  • understanding the origins of the Australian continent and how this relates to our mineral resources and territorial claims.

The MNF’s new research vessel Investigator has diverse capabilities and will be able to support biological, oceanographic, geological and atmospheric research. 

The facility also enables Australia to provide a regional contribution to large international research programs to address research questions in a global context.

Enabling deep ocean research as far as Antarctica.

Who can use the Marine National Facility?

The MNF is available to all Australian scientists and their international collaborators, with access granted on the basis of proposals that are internationally peer reviewed, and independently assessed for science quality and contribution to the national interest.


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