Posted November 20, 2019 14:38:56The Great Barrier Island, in Queensland, is a prime example of how tourism and climate change are changing the nature of the natural world.
It is also a prime focus for researchers who want to better understand how to prevent and manage the effects of climate change.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are taking a new approach to the problem.
They are planning to conduct a feasibility study to find out if and how climate change will affect the health and sustainability of the reef.
“The reef is our home,” said Professor Peter McCrae, the study’s lead researcher.
“We have a lot of water in the system, we have an amazing diversity of organisms and ecosystems and the Great Australian Bight is a really unique place.”
If we could understand the health impacts of climate and its impacts on our coral reefs, we can then better understand the effects on the Great Northern Barrier Reef.””
We know that if we have severe climate change, it will be really bad,” Professor McCraa said.”
It will have a huge impact on the health, the food security and on the ecosystem.
“The study will investigate the impacts of rising sea levels and rising temperatures on the Reef, and how they could affect coral health.
It will also look at the impact of climate disruption on fish, crabs, fish species and native fish species, including the iconic red reef turtle, the northern reef shark, and the blue reef fish.
The study is part of the UNSW Climate and Conservation Centre.
Dr McCraes has a doctorate in oceanography and marine ecology from UNSW and has been working on the study for about five years.”
This is an opportunity to really explore how we could get a better understanding of the health consequences of climate,” he said.
Professor McCraas team will work on a range of issues, including coral reef habitat, water quality, water flow and reef biodiversity.”
I think this study is a good first step to start to understand what is the health impact of the impacts we’re already seeing, the impacts that are already happening, and what we might be able to do to make a difference,” Professor James Macdonald said.
This is a critical time to understand the impact that climate change is having on the coral reefs.”
There’s a lot going on at the moment in terms of coral bleaching, and we don’t know how long that will last,” Professor Macdonald added.”
And then you’ve got the impacts on fish and other species that are very important for our food security.
“This study is one of a series of research studies to look at how climate and ecosystem changes are affecting the health in the Great Australia and the Northern Territory.