Sustaining Coastal & Marine Zones
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Sustaining Coastal & Marine Zones

Sharon Robinson

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

Australia is deeply connected to the ocean. Past, present and future generations rely on the well-being of coastal and maritime spaces, which are vitally important to the global environment, food security, economic and cultural health. However, population growth, increasing demand for resources and sea-level rise are among of myriad of challenges confronting the future of these critical, yet vulnerable habitats. This Challenge promotes innovative, multidisciplinary, collaborative research that expands our understanding of influential processes, and improves our potential to manage and conserve coastal and marine zones for generations to come.


Active Projects

Professor Sharon Robinson (pictured right) and the Global Challenges team are currently engaging with the following project teams aimed at protecting the future of our coastal eco-systems.

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.

 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.


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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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).