Sustaining Coastal & Marine Zones
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
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?
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
This project aims to conduct interdisciplinary research about the challenges and opportunities for mangrove carbon sequestration in different spatial and socio-economic settings globally.
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.
PetaJakarta.org 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.
This project draws on multidisciplinary expertise to ask: How can we govern species that are both threatened and potentially threatening to humans?
This research will examine the scope for deep-sea drug discovery in Australia to be successful and sustainable.
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.
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.
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.
The project will involve the creation of a blog mapping the complex network of social relations in the management of community fisheries.
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.
This research will investigate a strategic framework and the policies necessary to help strengthen marine and coastal governance in Niue.
This project investigates the capabilities of Southern NSW and Wollongong to build and support a Blue Economy.
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.
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.