Marine, Antarctic and Maritime

An island sitting at the edge of the vast Southern Ocean, Tasmania is an ideal location to advance marine, Antarctic and maritime research. The University offers tremendous international collaborations, the broadest range of marine, Antarctic and maritime research programs in the country and world-class maritime facilities.

The University's world-leading expertise in research stretches across and between many disciplines. Specialist areas include marine and Antarctic science; maritime engineering, navigation and technology; law, governance, history and culture relating to the ocean and Antarctic; and sustainable marine industries.

Following a long tradition in marine and Antarctic exploration and discovery, researchers at the University of Tasmania continue to lead the world in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and governance. Research outcomes include identifying solutions for bluefin tuna disease; enabling innovative renewable technologies; improving the health and yield of marine food sources such as salmon and lobster; improving the safety and efficiency of ship movements through advances in human factors research; and, developing sea ice charting services for polar mariners in East Antarctica.

Fast Facts

The University of Tasmania is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for marine sciences by QS World University Rankings and first in the world for Southern Ocean research by data analytics firm League of Scholars. The Centre for World University Rankings ranks the University at fourth in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology and seventh for both Fisheries and Oceanography.

The University is the lead in a new $23.8 million National Marine Biodiversity Hub to enable the study of the Southern Ocean, and in the Australian Research Council's $24 million Strategic Research Initiative for the Antarctic Gateway Partnership.

The University maintains a suite of world-class facilities at the Australian Maritime College including the Cavitation Research Laboratory, Towing Tank, Model Test Basin, Ship Simulations Centre, Fire Fighting Ground, Survival Centre, Autonomous Maritime Systems Laboratory and research and training vessels.

Research Focus

Ocean Sustainability

Investigating sustainable use of the ocean, while protecting the marine environment and its ecosystems.

Southern Ocean and Cryospheric Change

Understanding, predicting and adapting to oceanic and cryospheric change.

Maritime Technology, Navigation and Logistic Management

Developing world-leading policy, management strategies and technology for marine and maritime research, industry and logistic sectors.

Social and Cultural Perspectives on Ocean and Antarctica

Exploring and understanding human–environment relationships through social and cultural connections.

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