Climate incident response actions
A Reef Health Incident Response System is in place to help the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) detect any reef health incidents such as coral bleaching events or disease outbreaks. It also provides important information to guide management actions following incidents.
These incidents, predicted to be more frequent as the climate changes, can severely affect the Great Barrier Reef and the industries that rely on it.
The Reef Health Incident Response System is based on four main areas:
- Early Warning System – tools to understand the risk of reef health incidents occurring
- Incident Response – evaluate the nature and severity of incidents and coordinate an appropriate response
- Management Actions – target implementing management strategies that minimise impacts and promote recovery
- Communication – communicate to partner agencies, senior decision makers, stakeholders and the public about reef condition and pending management actions (communication is a central theme which unifies the other three Reef Health Incident Response System components).
It includes mechanisms to help the GBRMPA and its partners predict and forecast the likelihood of an event, including its potential severity and spatial extent.
There are also individual plans that specifically address common reef health incidents:
- Coral Bleaching Risk and Impact Assessment Plan
- Coral Disease Risk and Impact Assessment Plan
- Tropical Cyclone Risk and Impact Assessment Plan
The Reef is increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climatic events, including simultaneous events and the long-term cumulative effect of such events.
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