Our research activities focus on four programs, each led by a program leader:
- A Healthy and Resilient GBR
- Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia
- Sustainable Use of Northwest Marine Ecosystems
- Data and Technology Innovation
Program Leader: Ken Anthony
The GBR program conducts interdisciplinary research intended to provide managers and policy makers with a better understanding of GBR vulnerability to climate change, ocean acidification and interactions with local/regional environmental stressors.
- To address critical and high-priority issues surrounding the vulnerability and resilience of Australia's tropical coral reefs.
- To develop innovative frameworks and tools for identifying optimal management and policy options under global, regional and local change.
- To support management decisions that can enhance coral reef resilience effectively in the face of cumulative pressures and limited management resources.
- Science supporting management and policy decisions
- Ecosystem monitoring and diagnostics
- Understanding drivers of vulnerability and resilience under climate and ocean change
- Molecular and microbial building blocks of reef health and adaptation
Program Leader: Britta Schaffelke
The Coastal Program delivers science relating to the critical issue of cumulative stressors in a broad range of tropical marine habitats arising from coastal and catchment development, in the context of shelf-scale ecosystem drivers.
To support coastal and marine planning and conservation through assessments of:
- The condition of tropical environments;
- The dispersal and effects of sediment, nutrient and pollutant inputs from various sources;
- Key ecological functions and processes from the organism to ecosystem-level, in particular those affected by environmental pressures.
- Water quality of the Great Barrier Reef
- Multiple pressures on coastal ecosystems
- Environmental impacts of coastal development
- Shelf system dynamics and modelling
Program Leader: Stephen Rogers
This program focuses on the sustainable development of marine resources in northwest (NW) Australia.
- To develop a regional baseline knowledge of marine habitats, dynamics and resilience in the NW in partnership with industry and in response to the requirements of regulators
- To provide industry and regulators with accurate and timely information on impacts, critical thresholds, and cumulative effects of industry activities in the NW
- To develop innovative tools to collect, analyse, predict and disseminate information on the marine habitats and organisms of the NW
- Benthic ecology and baseline assessments
- Impacts of dredging and oil spills
- Biology and ecology of fish and megafauna
Program Leader: Lyndon Llewellyn
This program provides the interface between science and infrastructure management, and in some cases science and users.
To support high quality cross-cutting science infrastructure and capability development enabling improved science delivery and translation of outputs to outcomes through:
- Seamless data gathering from observing infrastructure and effective online dissemination in a variety of media
- Cutting edge analytical capability
- Experimental seawater systems such as the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) that provide real-world, but controlled conditions for growth of marine organisms
- Coastal and ocean observing (including QIMOS)
- eScience Initiatives (including the AIMS Data Centre)
- Analytical and Measurement Science (including laboratory management)
- Research using experimental sea water facilities (including SeaSim)