Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre to focus on climate change


A new research centre, the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC), at the University of Western Australia will undertake research to predict climate change and its impacts.

The centre brings together more than 300 marine scientists across a variety of disciplines who will collaborate in areas including biodiversity, commercial and recreational fishing, tourism, indigenous engagement, climate change, oceanography, sustainable use of marine resources and the conservation of marine life and ecosystems.

Research outcomes will include:

  • multiscale biodiversity maps for the NW region

  • linked atmosphere-ocean models to better predict climate change

  • linked ocean-coast current and wave and biogeochemical models predicting responses of ecosystems to climate change and resource use

  • new policy options will be available to Government and industry for sustainable management of ecosystems in the Indian Ocean and the Timor Sea.

UWA Director of the Oceans Institute Professor Erika Techera said the Centre was a jointly supported and funded collaboration involving the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the University of Western Australia.

“This new building is a game changer in the way oceans and marine research is undertaken in Australia. With a vision to drive global knowledge of the Indian Ocean, the collaborating partners are determined to make significant advancements in marine research,” Professor Techera said.

The $62 million six-story IOMRC facility includes laboratories for researchers, technicians and students, as well as hi-tech workspaces, all designed and constructed to high-level contemporary sustainability principles to maximise the building's life and life cycle costs.

The Federal Government has provided $34 million through the Education Investment fund towards the Centre.

More information is at http://www.oceans.uwa.edu.au/collaborations/iomrc

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