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Sustaining Coastal & Marine Zones

Active Projects

Clive and the Global Challenges team are currently engaging with researchers and various stakeholders on projects aimed at protecting the future of our coastal eco-systems. 

About this Challenge

Clive Schofield

Half of the world's population, including 66 per cent of Australians, live on the coast.

In Australia and around the world, coastlines and maritime spaces are essential to the environmental, economic and cultural health and identity of a nation. However, the oceans are plagued by myriad problems, such as climate change and food security. Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones is headed up by Professor Clive Schofield (pictured above).  This Challenge brings together experts from diverse fields including science, marine conservation, law, geography, and biology to address one of the key questions of: 

·  How can vulnerable coastal and marine environments be better protected and preserved?

·  How can the sustainable management of marine living resources be realised so that food security can be ensured? 

Gas emissions in estuaries iconDevelopment of low-cost gas sensors to quantify greenhouse gas emissions in estuaries

This project aims to measure greenhouse gas emissions from carbon sinks by developing low-cost sensors using open-source microcontrollers, computers,and the Internet of things (IoT).

Illawarra Maritime industriesIllawarra and South Coast Maritime Industries: past, present and future

This project seeks to explore the role of maritime histories in informing the current social and cultural landscape of the Illawarra, and its potential to create new opportunities for the region.

Mapping the Islands IconMapping the Islands: How Art and Science can save the Great Barrier Reef

This project aims to explore the efficacy of maps, drawings, and story-telling for communicating how recent environmental changes are impacting the Great Barrier Reef

Project AirshipProject AIRSHIP: Sharks, video imaging and the public perception of risk

Project AIRSHIP is a low-cost shark spotting program that aims to provide continuous coverage of a swim zone or surf bank while effectively meshing hotly debated, a non-lethal, scientifically proven strategy to assure public safety in the ocean.

Sustainable Maritime Kirabati iconSustainable past of maritime Kiribati?: historical and ethnographic adaptations of Kiribati people to a changing natural environment

This projects aims to examine the lifeways and adaptive strategies of people inhabiting the coastal landscapes of the central Pacific Micronesian islands of Kiribati amidst changing environmental conditions.

Blue Carbon FuturesBlue Carbon Futures

This project aims to conduct interdisciplinary research about the challenges and opportunities for mangrove carbon sequestration in different spatial and socio-economic settings globally.

GCships-web2Dragging the Chain: Minimising Impacts of Deep-Water Anchorages on Australia's Eastern Seaboard

This project aims to consider how vessels that anchor in deep-water, which can have anchor chains ~ 100s metres in length, impact upon the ocean floor near popular ports on Australia's eastern seaboard.

Tuna Conservation 180 by 160Conservation and Equity in Pacific Tuna

This Nereus research project proposes to address a political stalemate that is undermining the sustainable management of the Pacific tuna fisheries, the world's largest tuna fishery.

WorldFishFish, Food Security and Combatting Obesity

This project brings together Global Challenges and World Fish to improve coastal fisheries management in the Pacific and provide a safeguard against declining food security.

Launching a Blue EconomyLaunching a Blue Economy: putting theory into practice

This project investigates the capabilities of Southern NSW and Wollongong to build and support a Blue Economy. 

Previously Funded Projects

Last reviewed: 31 January, 2018