Researchers from CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology worked together to develop Australia`s first operational ocean forecast system, called OceanMAPS. OceanMAPS was implemented operationally at the Bureau of Meteorology in September 2007.
Forecasting capabilities on regional-scales have also been developed, using a suite of ocean, atmosphere, and wave models. The developed capabilities include a sophisticated user interface that allows Bluelink partners to independently set up and execute a model for delivery of a forecast.
Littoral (surf-zone) applications include development of capabilities for the prediction of waves, currents and morphological change in the littoral zone as part of Rapid Environmental Assessment activities for Bluelink partners.
Bluelink was established in 2001, as a partnership between CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, and the Royal Australian Navy, with the goal of developing an operational forecasting system for the global ocean circulation around Australia.
The Bluelink research team continues to develop forecasting capabilities for ocean circulation on scales ranging from global eddy-scales, regional shelf-scales and littoral beach-scales, for the benefit of the Australian community.