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NZ, Australia collaborate on marine research

Hobart, Australia: New Zealand and Australia signed an agreement, aimed at improving country-to-country collaboration on marine research, observations and data management. This agreement sets the framework for improved and seamless inter-agency work in the marine space across the Tasman.
A New Zealand delegation (including representatives of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), GNS Science, the University of Otago and the Ministry of Science and Innovation) met with Australian counterparts at a marine observation symposium in Hobart to identify specific collaborative research opportunities for inclusion into a bilateral work programme.
There were a large number of common interests identified in ocean observation, ocean modelling, and in marine data management during the two-day workshop.
A more coordinated approach in terms of observation gear deployment was identified as a key action point. Both countries will talk to each other more across the Tasman sea to make sure our observation efforts are coordinated and meet the needs of current and future generations.
An important point to note is that NIWA and IMOS, the Integrated Marine Observing System, agreed on establishing a New Zealand ocean data node compatible with the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN, portal.aodn.org.au) which will enable New Zealand to serve large amounts of ocean data into the international community using open standards.
Source: www.geospatial.govt.nz