Sino-Australian Joint Research Centre for Healthy Coasts

Managing multiuse coastal zones is a challenge for both China and Australia, with industrialisation, tourism, agriculture and aquaculture compounding pressures on coastal ecosystems. While both countries have invested in coastal observing and monitoring programs there remains an urgent need to bridge the gap between science and management actions.

This Centre will develop novel approaches to integrate monitoring and models to develop practical management solutions for coastal regions.

Science and Research Priorities

This Centre aligns with the priority Soil and Water and seeks to investigate the practical challenges of: 

  • New and integrated national observing systems, technologies and modelling frameworks across the soil-atmosphere-water- marine systems. 
  • Better understanding of sustainable limits for productive use of soil, freshwater, river flows and water rights, terrestrial and marine ecosystems. 
  • Minimising damage to, and developing solutions for restoration and remediation of soil, fresh and potable water, urban catchments and marine systems.

Economic, environmental and social benefits 

  • The Centre will use innovative science and technology to build knowledge and research capability that will enhance Australia's economy, international competitiveness and productivity through the sustainable use and protection of its valuable marine assets and resources. 
  • The Centre’s research will provide economic benefits that can be measured using a key performance indicator such as employment, net commercial returns or investment within the marine aquaculture and tourism sectors. The preservation of Australia's marine resources is the key environmental benefit of the proposed Centre. 
  • The social benefit of the proposed Centre will be the opportunities afforded to Australians for the enjoyment and use of Australia's marine resources and the fulfilment of Australia's social obligation to protect the Great Barrier Reef, a unique natural phenomenon.


Lead Australian partner: Australian Institute of Marine Science

Lead Chinese partner: Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science

Other partners:

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
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