Current conditions on the Reef

Each summer, we assess the health of reefs, as this part of the year poses a greater risk of extreme weather, particularly heat waves, cyclones and flooding.

Above average sea surface temperatures due to climate change and a strong El NiƱo are predicted, increasing the probability of coral bleaching. The highest risk period for bleaching will be February and March 2016.

Reef monitoring will be escalated this summer and crown-of-thorns starfish control is ongoing.

Everyone can help support the Reef's health and resilience by following the zoning rules, not anchoring close to corals and responsibly disposing of litter.

Latest overview of current conditions

A short summary of current conditions out on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Latest detailed observed forecast and environmental conditions

Detailed information on sea surface temperature, tropical cyclones, rainfall levels and flood plumes to date.

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Eye on the Reef program

Eye on the Reef is a monitoring program that enables anyone who visits the Reef to contribute to its long-term protection.

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eReefs water quality dashboard

The Bureau of Meteorology's marine water quality dashboard enables access to a range of water quality indicators for the Reef, using near real-time data.

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