Bluelink ocean forecasting session

Dr Edward King1, Commander Barbra Parker4, David Griffin1, Madeleine Cahill1, Emlyn Jones1, Ron Hoeke2, Stephanie Contardo3, Paul Branson3, Tracey Pitman1, Matthew Chamberlain1, Peter Oke1, Uwe Rosebrock1, Simon Pigot1, Gary Carroll1, Gary Brassington5, Pavel Savov5, Prasanth Divakaran5, Xinmei Huang5, Aihong Zhong5, Mirko Velic5, Justin Freeman5, Russell Fiedler1, Andy Hogg6, Andrew Kiss6


1CSIRO O&A, Hobart, Australia, 2CSIRO O&A, Melbourne, Australia, 3CSIRO O&A, Perth, Australia, 4Royal Australian Navy, Sydney, Australia, 5Bureau Of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia, 6Australian National University

Bluelink is an ocean forecasting partnership between the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, Department of Defence, and other collaborating partners. Its goal is to “Develop and maintain world-leading global, regional, and littoral ocean forecast systems to support Defence applications and maintain a national ocean forecasting capability for Australia.”.


The new Bluelink Strategic Plan to 2025 will be introduced at the start of the session. This will be followed by talks on key components of Bluelink most relevant to Australian operational oceanography i.e. global ocean forecasting (OceanMAPS), the relocatable model (ROAM), littoral forecasting, data assimilation, and downscaling.


The Bluelink global forecasting capability supports a category one operational system at the Bureau of Meteorology that delivers services for a range of national applications. Sustaining an internationally competitive performance from this capability into the future will require national and international collaboration to tackle the next generation developments. The current forecast system, the Ocean Model, Analysis and Prediction System (OceanMAPS) version 3.1 has been developed through successive Bluelink projects. A next generation global ocean forecast system (OceanMAPS version 4) is under development with a target for operationalization in 2020. A gap in the national operational ocean forecast service resides in finely resolved regional and coastal modelling. Some progress has been made for the majority of the Australian coastline with state-based modelling systems. Recent projects have examined the feasibility of downscaling the global system to finer scales (e.g. 1/50° resolution). With the OceanMAPS global capability maturing into an internationally competitive system, and the downscaled forecast systems achieving genuine performance gains, opportunities arise for the uptake of these products by a broader range of stakeholder applications as well as their adoption by downstream service providers and the Australian research community.


The Relocatable Ocean-Atmosphere Model is the component of Bluelink that sits between the global models and the littoral models, in terms of spatial and temporal scales. ‘Relocatable’ means that instead of being set up and optimised for some fixed geographic domain, ROAM can be set up wherever the user wants. In this talk, we focus on the important question of how accurate and/or realistic the simulations are, by comparing them to a wide range of IMOS observations, including various quantities recorded by gliders, moored ADCPs, Argo floats and HF radars. A particular focus is ROAM’s ability to simulate the depth of the mixed-layer, because of this quantity’s importance to 1) sound propagation in the ocean, and 2) the vertical mixing of heat, nutrients and phytoplankton near the surface of the ocean.


Shortcomings in littoral forecasts are being addressed so as to improve their accuracy and usefulness. Here, we present an overview of past and ongoing efforts, which fall primarily into three categories: the development of value-added forecast products; improvement of numerical prediction models and their interconnectivity; and development and ingestion of emerging data sources. In particular the recent expansion of high-resolution, (relatively) cost-effective coastal remote-sensing technologies holds significant promise to improve and inform all three categories.


Bluelink Reanalyses (BRAN) continue to developed and run for the ocean around Australia and the world at 0.1 degree resolution, assimilating observations such as sea surface temperature, sea level anomalies and Argo profiles of temperature and salinity. Data assimilation (DA) at multiple spatial scales is being explored as a way to improve the efficiency of the system to correct large features (diameters of several hundred km) in the deep ocean. High-resolution (0.1 degree) ocean background states are averaged onto a coarse 1-degree grid, reducing the mesoscale variability in the state. The initial DA cycle uses a coarse ensemble that has larger spatial correlation patterns. The second DA cycle is at high-resolution, based on BRAN_2015. Increments from both the low and high-resolution DA cycles are used to update the ocean state. Initial results show this approach reduces innovation errors in analysis and forecasts, especially in the deep ocean.


A system for automatically configuring and executing a model to predict the past, present, or future state of the ocean developed under Bluelink. This Bluelink Modelling Framework (BMF) makes it feasible to configure and execute high-resolution regional models anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. It runs on small scale desktop or laptop and HPC environments alike, deploys execution and services into the ‘cloud’ and has a distributed service-driven architecture. Ongoing development is increasing support for more use cases and a wider range of end-user and client needs. This includes an increasing number of domains and model choices, such as relocatable atmospheric downscaling and wave modelling.

Live a Life You Love

Prepare yourself for an engaging and empowering presentation where Jo takes you on a journey of self discovery. When you can tap into your true creative potential you are in the flow of life. Anything is possible. Like riding a wave you surf from one crest to the next, building momentum. 
Through sharing her own story of living and breathing her work to the point of realising her successful international art career, Jo facilitates her audiences ability to tap into their intuition, make good choices and practice focused, passionate determination to ultimately realize their dreams. 
Sometimes, through the stress of life you lose connection with your creativity, intuition and imagination. Jo integrates the powerful elements of Neuroenergetic Kinesiology into her presentation to give her audience practical tools that assist in times of stress, helping them realise their next steps in life by engaging the full potential of the skills, knowledge and experiences they have accumulated thus far.

Jo Wooler

Jo Wooler 
Mojo Creations
Inspired by her life on the sea and the creatures within, internationally acclaimed sculptress Jo Wooler (aka MojoCreations) has been designing and creating superlative sculptures from marine grade stainless steel since 2000.
She exhibits at AAF (NYC), the National Maritime Museum (Paris), Andemic Art Gallery (New Caledonia), Majlis Gallery (Dubai), the World Trade Centre (Amsterdam), select galleries throughout Australia and on-board her floating gallery (a 46 foot catamaran that she just sailed back to Cairns from Vanuatu).
In recent years her study to become a specialized Neuroenergetic Kinesiologist has taken her creativity in a new direction. She is working with the brain / energy connection to facilitate holistic healing for her clients on a cellular level.
Her passion is to empower others to live a life they love.

VET-TAFE Session

Time Topic
1100 Introduction
1110 Keynote Speaker: Janelle Chapman, Executive Director of TAFE Queensland International
1130 Discussion Session: What is the differences
between University and TAFE institute
1140 Discussion Session: What is the gap of student
support between University and TAFE
1150 Discussion Session: What is the support required
from TAFE institute for International students

Australian Education Consultants Alliance

Australian Education Consultants Alliance

The current AECA president for the term 2016-18 is Mr. Niraj Shrestha. He is the director of Neil Consultancy which was established in 2006. He is a registered migration agent since 2007 and he is also a Licensed Conveyancer for NSW.  He studied Graduate Certificate in Migration Law ( Australian National University) and He holds a Bachelor in Food Technology and also studied Information System. In addition to this, He studied in Macquarie University which led him to be the licensed Conveyancer in NSW.

He is a social worker and is involved with many social and community organizations. He held different positions in NRNA which is an association of Non Resident Nepalese living in more than 79 countries. He was one of the key members of the organizing team that hosted the regional conference of NRNA in Sydney back in 2012. He attends regularly in regional and global conference which happens every year across the globe and is one of the key members in the constitution committee. He believes in team work and he encourages everyone to participate actively to achieve the goal of the organization.

He writes frequently in community newspaper about changes in migration legislation and how it impacts the future visa applicants. He runs seminar in both overseas and Australia about Australia’s migration law and talks about different visa subclasses and skilled migration. He has helped many to come to Australia on skilled permanent visa and Australia has become home for many of his clients who had never thought they would touch down Australia one day.

Australian Education Consultants Alliance

Australian Education Consultants Alliance in short AECA is an association of education and migration agents registered in Australia. It was established in 2012 and it had more than 40 registered agents in the beginning but few of them have become the education providers. Now it has nearly 30 members working in education & migration arena and few of our members have more than 10 years of experience in this field.

AECA organizes education and migration fair in both overseas and Australia to promote Australian educational institutes. It had recently organized a successful migration fair in Sydney inviting representatives from Department of Home Affairs, Fair work ombudsman, state government, Education providers and ANMDA (Australian Nepalese Medical & Dental Association). AECA members are bound by code of conduct and they are self regulated.

Alice Maclean

Director Student and Graduate Visas
Department of Home Affairs

Alice Maclean is the Director Student and Graduate Visas section at the Department of Home Affairs. She focuses on ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of the visa programs and managing risks within them. Alice also seeks to engage constructively with the international education industry and provide clear guidance to students and education providers. Alice’s team providers decision makers with all the tools they need to do their job, including advice about how to apply legislation and assistance with complex cases.  Alice has had a varied career in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection working in roles as diverse as detention management to creating legislation.

Ralph Teodoro

Chief Marketing Officer
Council of International Students Australia

Ralph Teodoro is an international student leader and ambassador for international students hailing from the UAE with Filipino heritage. Based in Brisbane, Queensland – Ralph has been pursuing a degree in Nursing at QUT where he also holds several student leadership positions, both paid and unpaid roles. He was a former International Student Mentor at QUT and Brisbane International Student Ambassador for Study Brisbane – which involved him in the promotion of Brisbane city as a premier international student destination. This experience has also enhanced his personal and professional growth through the various events and functions of the program correlating with international student affairs.

Ralph is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for the Council of International Students Australia and has greatly contributed to the successful lead up to the conference. A keen advocate for international students and youth, he has devoted his time, commitment and passion for the international education sector in hopes of enhancing the international student experience in Australia.

Connect with him during the conference!

Tammy Angel

Cairns Sharehouse

Tammy Angel is the Manager of Cairns Sharehouse, the largest provider of professionally managed student accommodation in Cairns, accommodating up to 180 students in fully furnished share apartments.  Cairns Sharehouse offers a unique opportunity for international students to find a home away from home, with no hidden fees, lock in contracts and a range of support services to ensure students feel part of a community.  With over 12 years industry experience, the Secretary of Study Cairns, and recent Cairns Business Women’s Club Awards ‘Manager of the Year’ Finalist for 2018, Tammy is a passionate advocate for enhancing the accommodation experience of international students in Cairns.

Simon Stevens

Victoria Police 

Inspector Simon Stevens is the Melbourne West Local Area Commander in Division 1, North West Metro Region.

Simon has been an Inspector for the past 7 years, working across the western suburbs and in the City of Melbourne.

In his role, Simon manages over 240 staff and a high number of demonstrations across the CBD with many major sporting and cultural events. Simon has the International Students Portfolio for Victoria Police managing and implementing safety engagement programs for students across a sector worth $7.1 billion.

Simon is the manager of the MY City Taskforce, the police response to late night policing every weekend in the CBD and is Chair of the Melbourne Licensee’s Forum, Victoria’s largest forum with over 15% of the state’s licensed premises in his area.

Simon has been a member of Victoria Police for 24 years working across a number of metro and country divisions including the State Crime Squads and Melbourne Highway Patrol. Simon was involved in creating the Melbourne CBD Safety Plan, Melbourne’s inaugural evacuation plan which won a National Safety award in 2012.


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