Waves of support for new sea simulator

THE federal government has launched a $37 million sea simulator to allow scientists to study how the oceans will react to human activities and natural events in the future.

Bianca Bartucciotto

As more LNG tankers and coal shipments start moving in and out of Gladstone harbour, the technology will be a useful tool for scientists to predict the potential consequences.

Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr launched the National Sea Simulator at the Australian Institute of Mine Science in Townsville yesterday.

Carr said the government had supported the simulator because it was essential for communities to understand the effects of ocean-warming and acidification.

“Marine industries contribute over $40 billion to our economy, and are the backbone of our coastal communities and economies,” he said.

“It is unquestionably in our economic and environmental interests to get the balance right when it comes to using our natural resources sustainably while also ensuring a positive legacy for future generations.”

It could also help in the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

SeaSim research will focus on topics such as climate change, coral bleaching, pest management, sediment, pollution and sea water technologies.