eSA-Marine system

Notice to eSA-Marine Users

Due to the upgrade of computing facilities at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), the eSA-Marine system will be temporarily suspended on Friday 22 Nov.

SARDI and the Bureau of Meteorology will be working together to minimize this downtime and we expect eSA-Marine website will operational in the first quarter of 2020.  As soon as the new forecast models are available we will  resume publishing our regular forecasts on this website.

Please contact Dr Mark Doubell (SARDI, with any enquiries regarding eSA-Marine system, including how we can possibly help during the eSA-Marine downtime.

More Information about the NCI upgrade is available at:  Preparing for Gadi.

The eSA-Marine system maps past 'hind-cast', present 'now-cast' and future 'forecast' ocean conditions in South Australia (SA). Conditions include:

  • sea surface height 'sea level'
  • sea temperatures
  • sea salinity
  • ocean currents
  • wind speeds and directions.

View eSA-Marine maps


This is a research and experimental product and no liability is assumed for the use of the eSA-Marine system or its products including now-casts and forecasts. In particular, this includes all conditions outlined in the general PIRSA disclaimer that can be accessed here or at the bottom of this page. Moreover, other sources of ocean now-cast/forecasts and or data may not align or be consistent with output from the eSA-Marine System which may be in error and/or out of date. Users should obtain their own independent advice. No liability is assumed for the eSA-Marine products presented here.

Benefits of the eSA-marine system

The system helps fisheries, aquaculture and users of SA's marine environment to:

  • predict the trajectories of harmful algal blooms/toxins to allow for mitigation
  • save vessel fuel through the prediction of environmental variables important to fishery habitat
  • predict marine heat waves and possible fish mass mortalities
  • predict ocean conditions to help with aquaculture and maritime maintenance
  • predict storm surges and flooding
  • help ship routing to save fuel
  • help with search and rescue effort
  • research into ocean circulation and marine ecosystems.

System approach and validation

eSA-Marine partners

The eSA-Marine system is a collaborative research venture between the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and the:

  • Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)
  • University of Adelaide
  • Australian Southern Bluefin Industry Association (ASBTIA).

Funding is provided by the:

  • Fisheries and Research Development Corporation
  • Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association (ASBTIA)

This is the first phase of the eSA-Marine now-cast/forecast modelling.

The eSA-Marine team members are: John Middleton (SARDI); Charles James (SARDI); Paul Sandery (BoM); Kirsten Rough (ASBTIA); Trent Mattner (University of Adelaide); Shane Roberts (PIRSA); John Luick (SARDI).


Please send new applications of the eSA-Marine System to

Related information

Other now-cast/forecast sites:

Information about marine science research of Australia's southern shelves and gulfs

Page Last Reviewed: 17 Oct 2017
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