The GBRMPA works with a variety of research institutions to improve our understanding of climate change risks and to develop and test options for building resilience in the Reef ecosystem through policy decisions and management actions.
Research has been conducted to:
- Learn more about species' vulnerability to climate change impacts, leading to improved protection, monitoring and evaluation of these species
- Develop new tools and tactics for accurate predictions of factors like sea temperatures and species' heat and stress tolerance levels
- Identify areas of priority for targeted management efforts, including areas of low resilience to other environmental impacts or those that are exposed to extra stress
- Gain a greater understanding of the interactions between climate change and other stressors on the Reef, such as floods, storms, fishing and ocean acidification.
Most of the research projects GBRMPA has been involved in are informed by Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: A Vulnerability Assessment (2007). This publication summarises information about how climate change will impact the Great Barrier Reef, while also highlighting important knowledge gaps.
The findings from research projects are used directly by the GBRMPA and its management partners to implement management practices that aim to build the Reef's resilience to climate change. The information gained is also shared with other institutions to allow for synergy of future research.
The GBRMPA's research partners include:
- Australian Institute of Marine Science
- Bureau of Meteorology
- Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
- James Cook University
- University of Queensland
- Central Queensland University
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.
Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef