The Moana Project aims to vastly improve understanding of coastal ocean circulation, connectivity and marine heatwaves to provide information that supports sustainable growth of the seafood industry (Māori, fisheries and aquaculture).
The project applies the internet of things concept to develop a low-cost ocean temperature profiler to be deployed by the fishing communities ‘on all boats, at all times’. New Zealand’s first open-access ocean forecast system will be delivered by developing new ocean circulation models using a combination of advanced numerics and data from our smart ocean sensors.
This project provides a step-change in the oceanic information available to the seafood sector and the broader community, accessible through the open-access user-friendly datasets and tools developed.
This information will help the New Zealand seafood sector retain its competitive edge in a rapidly changing ocean impacted by marine temperature extremes and shifting currents. Project partners will build bridges to ensure this new knowledge informs regional marine policy and management.
This project is anchored in mātauranga Māori through the partners’ relationship with Whakatōhea, facilitating exchange of oceanographic knowledge between Te Ao Māori and western science and serve as an exemplar for other coastal iwi.
He Papa Moana
Creating a cross-cultural ocean knowledge platform to support iwi interests.
Te Tiro Moana
Applying the ‘internet of things’ concept to achieve smart and sustained nation-wide ocean observing capability.
Ngā Ripo o te Moana
Developing advanced numerics to deliver NZ’s first nation-wide, open-access, ocean modelling system elucidating ocean dynamics and marine heatwaves.
Te Hono Moana
Predicting the source, transport and settlement of marine taonga species from national to regional scales to support sustainable management.