Natural ecosystems are designed for resilience, but the size and scale of these impacts mentioned are presenting significant challenges even for such a large icon like the Great Barrier Reef.
Improving the quality of water-draining agricultural land in catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef is a very high priority. Tracking progress in relation to better water quality requires monitoring.
With a view to stimulate a broader discussion between research, government and community stakeholders in the lead up to future investments in additional water quality monitoring systems, this paper offers some principles and a conceptual framework to guide the design of integrated monitoring systems.
The complexity and magnitude of challenges facing GBR cannot be met by any single institution.
To provide a complete picture of what is currently happening on the reef and what will likely happen in the future, partnering is paramount.
Initiative’s such as Reef 2050 is a good starting point bringing the partners together. CSIRO continues to collaborate with a range of stakeholders including the Australian and Queensland governments, tourism industry, national universities, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation , Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Institute of Marine Science, landholders and many more.