CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR) houses Australia’s leading regional climate change modelling research teams.

Our research aims to advance Australian climate, marine and earth systems science.

We focus on issues affecting Australia and the world, and we provide a range of scientific and consulting services that are underpinned by this research.

Australia is the custodian of one of the largest marine jurisdictions in the world, an area more than twice that of our land mass.

An enormous range of economic and recreational opportunities exist, while the oceans around Australia play a major role in controlling world and regional climate.

The atmospheric composition of the Southern Hemisphere and the exchange of gases with the land and sea are important in measuring, modelling and analysing climate change and ozone depletion.

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Earthwatch Marine Debris Project - Understanding the effects of marine debris on wildlife


Marine debris is a major threat to biodiversity worldwide and its impacts are rapidly intensifying due the exponential rate at which refuse is released to the oceans.
More than six million tons of fishing gear alone is lost in the ocean each year, and this forms only a small percentage of the total volume of marine debris.
Debris has a direct impact on invertebrates, fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals, including threatened and endangered marine species.

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A coastal Australia-wide survey to understand the effects of marine debris on wildlife: CSIRO/Earthwatch Marine Debris Project

Scientists from CSIRO, the University of Queensland and the University of Tasmania are studying:
1) sources, distribution, and...

19/11/2020 - 08:18 pollution
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The Great South Australian Coastal Upwelling System
  1. To undestand physical factors contributing to the creation of coastal upwelling in the eastern Great Australian Bight
07/11/2012 - 13:13 other
Microbiology of a tropical creek impacted by sewage effluent: novel assessment using N-cycle functional markers and changes in community composition


We aim to measure the impact of treated sewage effluent on microbial community structure and function by addressing the...

08/08/2012 - 09:49 coastprocess
Australian Sea Level Rise Partnership (ASLRP)


Addressing the threat of rising sea levels


More than 80% of Australia’s...

08/05/2012 - 10:44 sealevelrise