Funding for climate change research

AIMS was awarded nearly $1.67 million for six early-career researchers to carry out research on the impacts of climate change on the GBR.

AIMS was amongst 20 Australian institutions to receive the Super Science Marine and Climate initiative Fellowships, announced by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr. The Fellowships are part of the Governments $387.7 million Super Science Marine and Climate initiative to improve Australia's ability to respond to climate change and to protect and understand our 13.5 million square kilometres of marine territory. Marine research is central to understanding how and when our climate is likely to change, and managing the impact on precious environments like the GBR.

The fellowships are designed to support exceptional young researchers to further their careers in areas of scientific importance.

AIMS' CEO, Dr Ian Poiner said the funding would help young researchers continue to develop the growing body of research on the impacts of climate change on the GBR.

"The fundamental reef-building process involves the laying down of calcium deposits," Dr Poiner said. "But ocean acidification, warming water temperatures and increased freshwater will impact on that reef-building process.

"Using theSuper Science Marine and Climate initiativefunding, AIMS will lead a collaborative team of international researchers from CSIRO, James Cook University, University of Queensland, and the University of British Columbia (Canada) to supervise six early career researchers who will make integrated studies of the processes of coral reef construction and estimate some of the likely impacts of climate change on reef-building corals.