Aerial view of CMAR’s Hobart site.

CMAR's headquarters in Hobart, Tasmania, has a deepwater port for research vessels.

Hobart, Tas (Hobart laboratories)

Due to its close proximity to the Southern Ocean, CSIRO's Hobart laboratories are an excellent location for research into the oceans and atmosphere.

  • 26 August 2008 | Updated 25 June 2014

CSIRO's Hobart laboratories in Tasmania, Australia, are home to approximately 370 staff and visiting scientists from:

  • CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • CSIRO Information and Communication Technologies Centre
  • CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences.

The laboratories are adjacent to the University of Tasmania and a deep water port, which opens to the Southern Ocean.

These laboratories are home to the Marine Research Vessel Southern Surveyor.


Facilities at the Hobart laboratories include:

  • ‘wet’ and analytical laboratories
  • marine and electronics workshop
  • marine library
  • remote sensing laboratory
  • the Australian National Fish Collection
  • the CSIRO Collection of Living Microalgae and Microalgae Supply Service
  • the Invertebrate Collection
  • the Hard-part archive.

The laboratories are also home to the National Facility Marine Research Vessel, the 66-metre Southern Surveyor.


Our current marine research projects include:

  • aquaculture and biotechnology
  • pelagic fisheries and ecosystems
  • marine biodiversity assessment
  • ecosystem-based fishery management
  • national ecosystem-based multiple-use assessment
  • marine biodiversity assessment
  • Eastern Australian coasts
  • Western Australian coasts.

Our atmospheric research includes:

  • climate processes and model development
  • climate change impacts
  • weather, climate and ocean prediction and forecasting.

Our environmental modelling and monitoring research includes:

  • developing innovative methodology and statistics to increase the accuracy of whale population estimates
  • investigation of the application of various uncertainty analysis techniques within risk assessment frameworks for biosecurity and water management
  • coupling models of ecological and socioeconomic systems to understand how socioeconomic systems interact with ecological systems, including models that support ecosystem based fisheries management.

Other environmental work uses wireless sensor networks to:

  • monitor water flow and use and to enable better prediction of flooding in the South Esk catchment
  • support sustainable development in the Derwent and Huon estuaries and D'Entrecasteaux channel
  • monitor soil moisture in irrigated pasture to improve on-farm water use efficiency.

Our energy research includes:

  • using current technologies, such as broadband, to better manage household energy use
  • modelling major changes in energy use in Australia
  • analysing the issues in having decentralised generation and use of energy.

Our health research includes:

  • using data analysis tools to better explore and interpret complex biological information to reduce the impact of chronic diseases
  • using a kind of search engine to integrate data from multiple sources and generate dietary information tailored to individual needs and making this information available via web and mobile phone technology.

We are also developing automated sensors and software to assist the prawn aquaculture industry.

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Read about research currently being undertaken by CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship.