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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.

PetaJakarta1PetaJakarta: Mapping flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia harnesses the power of social media platform of Twitter to analyse and provide real-time updates on flooding affecting Jakarta for the city’s residents and government agencies. 

Shark ConservationSharks: Threatened and Threatening?

This project draws on multidisciplinary expertise to ask: How can we govern species that are both threatened and potentially threatening to humans?


Drugs from the deep 180 by 160Drugs from the Deep? The Scope for Sustainable Deep-Sea Biodiscovery in Australia

This research will examine the scope for deep-sea drug discovery in Australia to be successful and sustainable. 

Eco Antarctica 180 by 160Eco Antarctica

This project will establish a network and a series of events that will embark on deriving key research topics to be addressed over the next decade to help protect Antarctica.

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.

Coastal Research2Coastal Research to Underpin Sustainable Management, South Coast, NSW

This project will identify research needs and issues affecting communities on the South Coast by assessing environmental conditions and engaging with agencies in the region. 

Kiribati FisheriesCommunity Based Approaches to Fisheries Management

The project will involve the creation of a blog mapping the complex network of social relations in the management of community fisheries.

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.

Sustainable seascapes 180 by 160Sustainable Seascapes: Integrated Approaches to Enhancing Marine and Coastal Governance in Niue

This research will investigate a strategic framework and the policies necessary to help strengthen marine and coastal governance in Niue. 

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. 

Coastal Wetland SustainabilityCoastal Wetlands Sustainability in the 21st Century

This project sponsored the first Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Conference held in February 2015 aimed at facilitating information sharing about coastal sustainability with emerging and early career researchers.

SafeVessels3Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Exploring Innovative Pathways to Efficient, Safe and Secure Vessel Movements

This project will address the illegal use of our oceans and ports by using modern technology to track and manage illegal maritime activities, such as overfishing.

Last reviewed: 25 September, 2017

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