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NATIONAL MARINE SCIENCE COMMITTEE:
HOW WE WORK

NATIONAL MARINE SCIENCE COMMITTEE

The National Marine Science Committee is an advisory body focused on promoting the nexus between high quality marine science and growth of Australia’s blue economy.

The Committee provides a distinctive mechanism for co-ordination and information sharing between research institutions, universities, Australian Government departments, State/Territory Governments and the broader Australian marine science community.

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The Committee is the means by which this highly interdisciplinary, geographically dispersed community comes together to provide scientifically-robust, user-relevant advice on marine issues of national significance to Australia.

The National Marine Science Committee was formerly known as the Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group, and was established in 1998 under Australia’s Oceans Policy.

OUR GOALS

The NMSC aims to ensure that marine science helps to address the grand challenges that face Australia as a marine nation.

This will be achieved through cutting-edge research integrating social and economic factors, and done at the time and space scales required by stakeholders in industry, government and society.

OUR STRUCTURE AND MEETINGS

The Committee consists of representatives from all member organisations.

The Committee is currently chaired (2018-) by Tony Worby, Director of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere with Deputy Chair (2019-) Kim Picard, Marine Geoscientist at Geoscience Australia.

The immediate past chair (2016-2018) was Tim Moltmann, Director of the Integrated Marine Observing System.

MEETING REPORTS

The National Marine Science Committee meet quarterly. The following reports outline the activities and discussions from the Committee.

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18 October 2018

Canberra, ACT

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9 August 2018

Canberra, ACT

Coral bleaching, Pocillopora coral bleached on the reef flat, due to El Nino, Pacific ocean, French Polynesia

1 February 2018

Canberra, ACT

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19 April 2018

Canberra, ACT

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19 October 2017

Canberra, ACT

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20 July 2017

Canberra, ACT

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1 December 2016

Canberra, ACT

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23 June 2016

Canberra, ACT

Arlington Reef aerial view Great Barrier Reef

23 March 2017

Canberra, ACT

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1 September 2016

Canberra, ACT

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13 April 2016

Canberra, ACT

COMMUNITY UPDATES & NEWS

Updates and news items are provided to the National Marine Science Community on the implementation of the Plan and other matters of interest.

Stakeholder briefing: UN Decade of Ocean Science

November 14, 2019

National Marine Science News & Updates Stakeholder briefing: UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: 2021-2030 14 November 2019 On 5 November, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) and National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) held a stakeholder briefing for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: 2021-2030. The briefing included information about…

Community Update October 2018

October 29, 2018

National Marine Science News & Updates Community Update October 2018 29 October 2018 Welcome to the latest national marine science community quarterly update. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met in Canberra on 18 October, and the meeting report is now available here. The fourth, biennial Australian Coastal and Oceans Modelling and Observations (ACOMO) Workshop was…

August 2018 Community Update

October 4, 2018

National Marine Science News & Updates August 2018 – Community Update 17 August 2018 Dear colleagues, Welcome to the latest national marine science community quarterly update. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met in Canberra on 9 August, and the meeting report is now available here. Headline news is that the May 2018 Federal Budget provided…

May 2018 – Special Budget Update

May 17, 2018

National Marine Science News & Updates May 2018 – Special Budget Update 17 May 2018 Dear colleagues, It’s my pleasure to update the national marine science community on the 8 May Federal Budget.  In summary, it provides great support for marine research and for marine research infrastructure. Research The Australian Government will invest more than $500M…

Community Update April 2018

April 24, 2018

National Marine Science News & Updates Community Update April 2018 24 April 2018 Dear colleagues, Welcome to the second national marine science community update for 2018. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met in Canberra on 19 April, and the meeting report is now available here. Preparations for the 2018 Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) annual…

Community Update February 2018

February 9, 2018

National Marine Science News & Updates Community Update: February 2018 1 February 2018 Dear colleagues, Welcome to the first national marine science community update for 2018. The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) ran a very successful conference at UNSW in Sydney a 5 to 9 February 2018.  Called…

Community Update December 2017

December 9, 2017

Community Update December 2017 1 December 2017 Welcome to the latest national marine science community update. The senate inquiry into Current and future impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity was released on the 6th of December. The review provided recommendations regarding resourcing of research capacity consistent with the National Marine Science Plan…

Innovation for the Blue Economy

October 9, 2017

Innovation for the Blue Economy October 2017 Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‘innovationXchange’ and CSIRO hosted an Innovation for the Blue Economy Workshop in August 2015 which assembled Blue Economy experts from around Australia to discuss challenges and barriers to economic growth in our oceans as well as uncover highly innovative ideas…

Community Update October 2017

October 9, 2017

Community Update October 2017 October 2017 Welcome to the latest national marine science community update. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met in Canberra on 19 October.  Issues discussed included marine environmental variables of interest to Defence, status of national research infrastructure planning, and advancing the role of marine science in Australia’s blue economy. Tapping…

Community Update August 2017

August 9, 2017

Community Update August 2017 August 2017 Welcome to the latest national marine science community update. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met face-to-face in Canberra on 20 July and our meeting report is now available. It’s also been a busy time for national conferences.  A successful Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA) annual conference was held in…

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Tony Worby

Director, Oceans And Atmosphere, CSIRO

NMSC SECRETARIAT

NMSCSecretariat@aims.gov.au

DOCUMENTS & IMAGES

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