The Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) undertakes systematic and sustained observing of Australia’s marine estate. IMOS operates a portfolio of different platforms to acquire ocean observations. All IMOS data is open and accessible to the marine and climate science community, international collaborators, and other users through the IMOS Australian Ocean Data Network Portal (www.aodn.org.au).
IMOS coordinates a multi-institutional ocean observing capability in the Southern Ocean. Data are collected through the deployment of instruments including Argo floats, shipborne equipment, satellite tags on marine mammals and the Southern Ocean Time Series deep water mooring. IMOS utilises the Aurora Australis and RV Investigator, and in cooperation with other National Antarctic Program capabilities and industry vessels, to deploy these instruments.
IMOS is one of the national research infrastructure capabilities supported under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is the only NCRIS capability based in Tasmania.
The IMOS Office is based at the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart and coordinates strategic planning which guides all IMOS’ national and international activities. The IMOS Australian Ocean Data Network team is co-located with the IMOS Office.
IMOS is operated by a consortium of institutions as an unincorporated joint venture, with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent, in partnership with the CSIRO, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, University of Western Australia, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Curtin University, Deakin University and the Australian Antarctic Division.