The AMRSG is a new initiative being established by The Bureau of Meteorology, AIMS, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, University of Queensland, Curtin University and University of Tasmania, IMOS.

It is intended that the AMRSG will provide a pathway for a single national voice and coordination to facilitate the use, science, education and understanding of remote sensing for marine applications, from estuaries to the ocean by:

  • Providing strategic leadership to and from the community on the development of Marine Earth Observations from Space (EOS).

  • Facilitating Technical cooperation and collaboration across:

    • Operational organisations,

    • Research organisations,

    • PFRA and other institutions,

    • International engagement.

  • Identifying and communicating, through existing forums such as IMOS, TERN, CEOS, and the Australian Earth Observation Community Coordination Group, emerging issues and opportunities for Marine EOS.

  • Supporting opportunities to coordinate the marine remote sensing community in its development of plans and capabilities.

  • Defining the spatial coverage of the “marine” in AMRSG as starting in the estuaries from the tidal limit, including the coast (Highest Astronomical Tide line) and extending offshore to the open ocean, beyond the continental shelf and the EEZ.

  • Sharing information sharing regarding remotely sensed ocean colour, SST, altimetry and other emerging parameters (e.g. SSS) leading to improved linkages, collaboration and uptake across government, research, and industry stakeholders.

  • Developing comprehensive case studies and raise awareness of EOS.

  • Engaging, consulting and informing existing EOS users and stakeholders of new missions, products and services.

  • Recruiting new members to contribute to Australia's EOS activities.

  • Developing a roadmap for new sensors, science and services.

  • Ensuring sustained national capability through education, enabling succession planning and the development of next generation remote sensing practitioners and users.

  • Identifying key focus areas for developing national capability and capacity and facilitate their development through:

    • Contributing to Australia's EOS policy,

    • Funding and grant opportunities for EOS,

    • Contributing to surface observation networks – calibration and validation,

    • National EOS infrastructure planning,

    • Linkages with other national and international initiatives, such as National Marine Science Plan.

  • Promoting the uptake of new EOS marine opportunities e.g. Copernicus data hub and GA data cube.