AIMS Opens National Sea Simulator

Posted by on September 22, 2014 - zero

By Brandon Klaus

AIMS National Sea Simulator

The Australian Institute of Marine Science, or AIMS for short, has been a crucial force in the world of coral research and species identification. They specialize in the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a couple of other areas, and they have one of the most robust coral identification libraries on the planet. Thanks to opening a brand new facility, AIMS’ research is about to get a big boost.

The institute recently opened a “world-class” aquarium facility called the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim). Located a Cape Ferguson, the AIMS headquarters, SeaSim will allow researchers to conduct long-term experiments in which they can manipulate various environmental factors in a highly controlled environment. And they can do these experiments on a large scale. The facility has 3 million liters of filtered seawater per day when at full capacity. It also has a 3.65 million liter bulk seawater storage capacity, over 3000 square meters of floor space, almost 30km of plumbing, over 40 pumps, more than 30 seawater processing tanks, and almost 3500 liters of hot (40


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