RESEARCH PROGRAM #4:

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEMS

The Environment and Ecosystems Program offers an integrated, whole of life-cycle, adaptive approach to placement, operation and decommissioning of offshore infrastructure and livestock.

The objective of the Environment and Ecosystems Program (program 4) is to understand the environmental footprint of the infrastructure (Program 1), culture systems (Program 2) and energy generating devices (Program 3).

The EE program connects with Program 5 to develop management systems to monitor environmental impact and interactions with other sectors, and with programs 1-3 to monitor the impacts of the environment on health, maintenance and performance of species,

infrastructure and devices respectively. Commercialisation opportunities include the development of novel monitoring systems including models and user interfaces to deliver real time data and information for use by government, industry and the public.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Develop the knowledge and understanding of environmental impacts from offshore development.

  • Develop the tools to ensure offshore developments meet environmental guidelines including transparency and certification.

  • Become a market leader in sustainable and environmentally accredited production systems.

  • Identify opportunities in ecosystem service and climate mitigation.

PROGRAM STAFF

Dr Beth Fulton

Program Leader
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

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Email: Beth.Fulton@csiro.au

Dr Remo Cossu

Deputy Program Leader
University of Queensland

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Email: r.cossu@uq.edu.au

Professor Chris Frid

Deputy Program Leader
Griffith University

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Email: c.frid@griffith.edu.au

Professor Irene Penesis

Interim Research Director
Australian Maritime College,
University of Tasmania

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Email: irene.penesis@blueeconomycrc.com.au