Coastal Oceanography

Coastal Oceanography

Ocean gliders

Ocean gliders are remotely controlled autonomous underwater vehicles designed to collect oceanographic data from water depths up to 1000 m.

High-frequency radar

Shore-based, high-frequency (HF) radar systems measure the speed and direction of ocean surface currents in near real time.

Ocean circulation

OzROMS is a high-resolution Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) model configured for the entire Australian continental shelf and slope, together with the adjacent deep ocean regions, operating in hindcast mode.

Extreme water levels

Potential impacts and hazards of extreme water level events along our coasts are increasing as populations continue to escalate and the mean sea levels rise.

Coastal observations

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 is 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 (Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders—ANFOG) and HF radar systems (Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network—ACORN) as part of Australia‚Äôs Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

Coastal modelling

Coastal modelling is the application of numerical simulation to understand coastal ocean processes and their predictions. The areas of interest include estuarine, nearshore, continental shelf and slope regions and processes that drive exchanges between coastal waters and the adjacent deep ocean, sea level processes (surface gravity waves, storm surges and tsunamis) and sediment transport.