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18 BAMOS Dec 2017 Conference report The Third Australian Wind-Waves Symposium Ryan Lowe 1 , Diana Greenslade 2 , Mark Hemer 3 , Alex Babanin 4 , Jeff Hansen 1 , Scott Draper 1 , Hugh Wolgamot 1 1 2 The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, VIC 3 4 The inaugural Australian Wind Waves Symposium occurred in May 2010 at the Gold Coast, Queensland with the objective “to develop an awareness of related research amongst Australian waves scientists, to unite waves research across sites and organisations, to discuss future directions and current gaps in Australian waves research, and to provide a forum for the development of possible collaborative activities” (Greenslade et al., 2010; Day et al., 2010). This was followed by a Second Symposium held in Melbourne in June 2013 (Greenslade et al., 2013). Over the period since the Second Symposium was held in 2013, a number of significant developments relevant to Australia’s wave community have occurred. Perhaps most notably has been the establishment of the Australia Forum for Operational Oceanography (FOO) in 2015, which is designed to bring together Australia’s Government agencies, Research and Development and service providers, and marine industries to identify key priority areas in operational oceanography to meet challenges faced by Australia’s marine community. Surface waves were identified as one of two priority areas for FOO to focus its efforts, following the first FOO meeting in July Participants at the Third Australian Wind-waves Symposium. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, TAS The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 2015. In response, a Surface Waves Working Group (SWWG) has been established, with members from all four FOO pillars represented, to encourage cross-sectoral dialogue and resolve associated challenges to be addressed by the Australian marine community. With this recognition of the need for further wave information, the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) has also engaged more strongly in monitoring waves, with a new waves satellite remote sensing sub-facility of IMOS established in 2017 to deliver national wind-wave datasets for use by the broader community. With these developments, along with a growth in the Australian wind-waves community and emerging fields including, for example, some notable renewable wave energy projects, it was deemed timely for the community to come together for the Third Symposium. The Third Symposium was held over two and a half days (24–26 October) in 2017 at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia campus in Perth. The symposium was attended by over 60 waves researchers and end users from across universities, the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, State government agencies, and industry, including a few participants from New Zealand. The Symposium included