Healthy oceans and coastlines

Sustainable, solutions-orientated research to protect our marine ecosystems.

Rock formations on sea under cloudy sky
Ocean and coastlines throughout the world are as valuable as they are unique. Not only do we need to protect our marine ecosystems as they battle the impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic pressures, but there is an ongoing need to respond to risks to our coastlines and estuaries too.
Challenges like sea level rise, storm surge and pollution all require action — but the solution must be fit for the local environment and context. We help to research and implement activities that improve predictions and include both natural and engineered solutions.

Our activities

  • Marine ecosystem protection

  • Advancing the blue economy

  • Capacity building for water quality protection

  • Solutions for coastal monitoring and erosion control 

  • Citizen science initiatives

  • Pollution control systems and technologies

  • Sustainable aquaculture projects

  • School education and outreach. 

Sustainable Development Goals addressed:

  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and well-being
    SDG 3
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
    SDG 9
  • Sustainable cities and communities
    SDG 11
  • Responsible consumption and production
    SDG 12
  • Climate action
    SDG 13
  • Life below water
    SDG 14

Other impact areas

Water Governance and Security

This area drives equitable water management to ensure just and sustainable outcomes for towns, agriculture and the environment. The work focuses on and building resilient and sustainable communities, improving water quality, alleviating poverty and reducing conflict.

Safe Water: Access and Equity for All

Our activities are linked to Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to achieve water and sanitation for all by 2030. Projects are focused on the intersection of engineering, environmental humanities and public health disciplines where culturally appropriate approaches are co-designed to reduce disease and improve quality of life. 

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