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Data and Information

Here we have provided links to key data sites, data storages, key research infrastructure and reference resources and other links to assist you find the information you need.

WAMSI works to constantly improve the availability of information and data to support marine science. WAMSI’s policy is to ensure all data developed through its programs since 2007 is discoverable and available for reuse. However we also work to capture and make discoverable other data for the benefit of marine science and management. 

WAMSI employs a data manager Luke Edwards ( who is shared with Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Luke is involved with the variety of state and national data management efforts. He can be contacted for advice on how to manage data throughout its lifecycle from creation to sharing and archival. 

WAMSI workflow - Discovery and access_Dec15.pdf


Data access

All WAMSI metadata and links to data are available via the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) metadata catalogue.  To view all current WAMSI 2 projects click here.

As WAMSI 2 projects are completed map layers will be progressively added to the NW Atlas -  This will allow users to visually discover the location of all research.  The latest layers can be accessed here.

Data is stored in CSIRO DAP, AIMS Data Centre and Pawsey Data Portal, with data becoming available after the embargo period (18 months).  Eventually data will be linked to the AODN portal.


State information - The ‘Managing Coastal Vulnerability‘ project is part of the Location Information Strategy for WA.  It increased the amount and quality of State Government marine information. The Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP) and AODN will be making this information available.  There is also a WA State Government Open Data portal -


Underwater imagery – The CATAMI (Collaborative and Automated Tools for Analysis of Marine Imagery) project has coordinated the creation of a classification scheme for annotating underwater imagery. This has allowed the aggregation and development of software tools to manage the huge amount of underwater benthic imagery.

Benthic habitat imagery and annotations can be accessed by pressing on this logo.


Data storage

While data is accessible through the above platforms, the majority of WAMSI data it is actually stored at three locations:

CSIRO, Data Access Portal
AIMS Data Centre
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre


Other relevant data management links

ECU self-paced learning program for researchers working with marine data

Data Interrogation and Visualisation Environment (DIVE)
Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing, Open Formats
Australian National Data Service, Planning
WALIS Marine Group
BoM Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia (POAMA) server


Other resources

Observing infrastructure – Critical ocean observing infrastructure is provided around Australia by the Integrated Marine Observing System, or IMOS. This network of observing infrastructure provides the regional bio-physical and chemical information that is essential context for smaller scale studies.  IMOS also houses the AODN identified above.

The IMOS website can be accessed by pressing this logo

The IMOS Data portal can be accessed here

The Western Australian Science and Implementation plan for the WA-IMOS Node can be accessed here.


Computing power and major storage to assist with complex problems – Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is an unincorporated joint venture between CSIRO, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia and is supported by the Western Australian Government. The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is encouraging research in, and the uptake of, supercomputing, large scale data storage and visualisation in Western Australia.  Supercomputing infrastructure is hosted at The Pawsey Centre at the Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC) in Technology Park, Kensington.

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre should be contacted to discuss opportunities.



Marine fauna collections – the WA Museum is responsible for maintaining the collection and documentation of marine fauna found off Western Australia’s Coast. The substantial collections, taxonomic and genetic information can begin to be accessed by pressing this logo.