Nationally, we currently lack a research environment within which to explore the science questions around seamless integration of the complex multi-disciplinary marine environment. This need is explicitly noted in DIISRTE’s Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure. A Virtual Laboratory in this space has a very high probability of success, given the significant level of underpinning investments, and clear societal need to unlock the full potential of these investments to address problems of national priority, and global significance.
The MARine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL) can provide all the tools necessary to construct a virtual environment of a region of interest. Comprised of a suite of complex models (e.g. ocean circulation, waves, water quality, and marine biogeochemistry), a network of observing sensors, and a host of value-adding tools, MARVL can underpin research to understand the dynamics, interactions, and connectivity of an estuarine/coastal region, continental shelf region, or open ocean domain.
Read more about MARVL here.