Scientific topics Marine and coastal
Last updated:7 June 2023
This document sets out the five year strategy for the marine geoscience program at Geoscience Australia, for the period 2018–2023.
Coasts and estuaries form a dynamic, transition zone between the land and the sea and help Australians achieve many economic, social and environmental benefits.
As an island continent, Australia has sovereign rights over a vast area of ocean, along with the fishery, mineral, and petroleum resources found in that area.
Details on the techniques used in marine and coastal research, including sediment coring, seabed drilling, sonar, seismic, biological sampling, photography and video recording.
Geoscience Australia has a central coordinating role to bring seabed mapping data together from many sources and make it publicly available and usable.
The Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) comprises 5.9 million square kilometres, or approximately 42 per cent of the Antarctic continent, with a marine jurisdiction extending over an area of approximately 2.2 million square kilometres.