The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) stands as a renowned institution at the forefront of tropical marine research on a global scale. With a firm commitment to the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, AIMS dedicates its research efforts to ensuring the reef’s health and resilience in the face of various local and global pressures. To further this mission, Robert Satchell spearheaded a preliminary design team tasked with creating the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim). This cutting-edge facility possesses the remarkable ability to delve into the future of marine environments and enhance our understanding of the present, thereby addressing critical goals in reef conservation. By utilizing SeaSim, AIMS aims to unlock invaluable insights that will contribute to the long-term protection and sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef.