Great Barrier Reef Vulnerability Assessment

In October 2007, the GBRMPA published Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: A Vulnerability Assessment in association with 85 scientific and management experts.

The Vulnerability Assessment highlights issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and the industries and communities that rely on the Reef.

Importantly, it also identifies knowledge gaps and outlines management options that will assist the Great Barrier Reef and other tropical marine ecosystems to cope with future climate change.

The Vulnerability Assessment was used to inform the GBRMPA's Great Barrier Reef Climate Change Action Plan, as well as drive its climate change research interests.

The Vulnerability Assessment addresses climate change impacts on all aspects of the Great Barrier Reef:

Editors, Contributors, foreword, contents, preface and acknowlegements 

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef and Climate Change

Chapter 2: Climate and climate change on the Great Barrier Reef

Chapter 3: Impacts of climate change on the physical oceanography of the Great Barrier Reef

Chapter 4: Ecological resilience, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef

Chapter 5: Vulnerability of marine microbes on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 6: Vulnerability of Great Barrier Reef plankton to climate change

Chapter 7: Vulnerability of macroalgae of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 8: Vulnerability of seagrasses in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 9: Vulnerability of mangroves and tidal wetlands of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 10: Vulnerability of reef-building corals on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 11: Vulnerability of benthic invertebrates of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 12: Vulnerability of fishes of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 13: Vulnerability of chondrichthyan fishes on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 14: Vulnerability of seabirds on the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 15: Vulnerability of marine reptiles in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 16: Vulnerability of marine mammals in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 17: Vulnerability of coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 18: Vulnerability of pelagic systems in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 19: Vulnerability of coastal and estuarine habitats in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 20: Vulnerability of island flora and fauna in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 21: Vulnerability of geomorphological features in the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Chapter 22: Using the past to understand the future: palaeoecology of coral reefs

Chapter 23: Climate change and the Great Barrier Reef: industries and communities

Chapter 24: The Great Barrier Reef and climate change: vulnerability and management implications