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The Australian Integrated Marine Observing System: delivering data streams to address national and international research priorities


Hill, K and Moltmann, T and Proctor, R and Allen, S, The Australian Integrated Marine Observing System: delivering data streams to address national and international research priorities, Marine Technology Society Journal, 44, (6) pp. 65-72. ISSN 0025-3324 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Marine Technology Society

DOI: doi:10.4031/MTSJ.44.6.13


The Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) has been established with Australian federal government funding, bringing together universities and marine agencies from across the nation to deliver a sustained observing system for Australia. It is led by the University of Tasmania on behalf of the marine and climate science community, with 10 different organizations operating components of the system based on their institutional strengths and capabilities. The systemís primary goal is to provide information in support of marine and climate science; however, as all IMOS data are discoverable and freely available through the Internet-based Ocean Portal, the system has the potential to support decision making in many other areas of marine management. IMOS has become the cornerstone of Australiaís contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System and plays a leading role in the development of observing systems in the Southern Hemisphere. This article will outline how IMOS works, with an emphasis on the key principles of (i) national, science-driven planning and (ii) delivery of data streams as research infrastructure. It will also highlight recent achievements and challenges for the future. Although it is still in its "early days," indications are that IMOS is revolutionizing ocean observing in Australia and is laying a platform for the delivery of sustained observations over the very long term.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:data delivery, GOOS, ocean observing
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Oceanography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Hill, K (Dr Katy Hill)
UTAS Author:Moltmann, T (Mr Tim Moltmann)
UTAS Author:Proctor, R (Dr Roger Proctor)
UTAS Author:Allen, S (Mr Simon Allen)
ID Code:120747
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Integrated Marine Observing System
Deposited On:2017-08-30
Last Modified:2017-12-21

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