Sydney Harbour Research Project
This is a planned 5 year, $10 million flagship research project based on Sydney Harbour with the objective of “future proofing” Australia’s most iconic waterway.
Sydney Harbour’s beauty draws tourists from all over Australia and from around the world, it provides a wonderful living environment to many of Sydney’s population, it is the playground for many Sydneysiders and it supports significant economic activity. However, the increasing population of Sydney (7 million by 2050) and the strength of the East Australian Current (which is making Sydney and eastern Australia, climate change “hotspots”) will continue to add significantly to the pressures upon the Harbour with as yet unknown consequences.
In repsonse to these challenges, SIMS is developing the Harbour Research Project to continue to enhance water quality in the Harbour, to characterise the biodiversity of species and habitats, to investigate functioning and resilience, to restore degraded habitats and to provide the scientific basis for management and policy decisions for the Harbour.