Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) facility to be constructed at the University of Western Australia
The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre is a collaboration that brings together four of Australia's leading research organisations working in and around the Indian Ocean, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), CSIRO, Department of Fisheries WA and UWA's Oceans Institute.
The Research Centre will be made up of two facilities; the main facility will be based at the Crawley Campus at UWA, a brand new building that is expected to be finished in 2016; and the Watermans Bay Marine Centre, 24kms from Crawley that has just received funding for an AU$11 million upgrade.
Deputy Director of the UWA Oceans Institute, Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin, said that the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre will be a leading marine science partnership in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest marine research capability in the Indian Ocean Rim.
"The project has the vision to drive global knowledge of the Indian Ocean Marine Environment and its sustainable management in the fields of oceanography, marine ecology, neurobiology, ecosystem health, fisheries, coastal processes, engineering, marine observation, resource management, governance, conservation and risk management," Professor Collin said.
The IOMRC partnership will undertake research covering climate change, the sustainable use of marine resources and conserving marine biodiversity. The development of these new research facilities is being made possible by a $34 million grant from the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund, and contributions from the four collaborative partners.
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