A healthy and resilient Great Barrier Reef


Program leader: Dr Britta Schaffelke

The Great Barrier Reef program conducts interdisciplinary research to provide managers and policymakers with a better understanding of the Reef’s vulnerability to climate change and ocean acidification, and its interactions with local and regional environmental stressors.

Strategic objectives

  • Develop a framework for understanding cumulative stressors and critical thresholds.

  • Determine adaptive capacity of key functional groups, and new opportunities for managing goods and services under climate change.

  • Produce a new comprehensive status and trends reporting system for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA).

  • Produce a comprehensive status and trends report for fish and benthos on the GBRWHA.

Program teams