a coral colony sits in front of a more barren reef

Climate change

Understanding climate change on coral reefs, and developing solutions to help them survive

Climate change is the greatest threat to the long-term future of coral reefs. Warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification increase the vulnerability of coral reefs to coral bleaching, diseases, and tropical cyclones.

Our interdisciplinary research provides the best available understanding of the vulnerability of coral reef ecosystems to climate change, and their capacity to adapt. We also develop innovative large-scale solutions to help coral reefs survive a warmer future.