Box MAR11 National Marine Science Plan

The National Marine Science Plan is a decadal plan that is designed to focus investment on the biggest development and sustainability challenges facing Australia’s marine estate, and the highest priority science needed to tackle these challenges to fulfil the potential of the marine blue economy. Challenges to Australia’s marine environment identified under the plan (Figure MAR44) are highly relevant to its state.

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An image depicting the grand challenges to be addressed in driving development of Australia’s blue economy and the 10-year steps to success. The grand challenges are marine sovereignty and security, energy security, food security, biodiversity conservation, sustainable urban coastal development, climate change adaptation and resource allocation. The steps to success are decision-support tools; models and forecasts; industry and government partnerships; cross-disciplinary skills; research vessels; exploration, mapping and monitoring; marine baselines and national collaborations.

Figure MAR44 The grand challenges to be addressed in driving development of Australia’s blue economy and the 10-year steps to success

Evans K, Bax NJ, Smith DC (2016). Marine environment: Box MAR11 National Marine Science Plan. In: Australia state of the environment 2016, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra, https://soe.environment.gov.au/case-study/marine-environment/box-mar11-national-marine-science-plan, DOI 10.4226/94/58b657ea7c296