Ocean observations use cutting-edge technologies for sustained monitoring of coastal regions to understand the different processes that influence mixing and circulation and their variability, the impact of climate change and continued anthropogenic influences.
The aim of the observations are to provide near real-time data and information to improve decision-making by a broad range of public and private sector stakeholders. The group operates ocean gliders (Ocean Gliders facility) and HF radar systems (Ocean Radar facility) as part of Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).
Ocean gliders are remotely controlled autonomous underwater vehicles designed to collect oceanographic data from water depths up to 1000 m.
Shore-based high frequency (HF) radar systems measure the speed and direction of ocean surface currents in near real time.