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.
With a view to stimulating broader discussion between research, government and community stakeholders, we are developing a series of discussion papers:
Monitoring for practice change in Great Barrier Reef catchments
This paper offers some principles and a conceptual framework to guide the design of integrated monitoring systems.
Integrated modelling to inform practice change and policy making
Models are a crucial and complementary element to monitoring. This paper discusses some of the issues, gaps and opportunities for modelling in the reef catchments.
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.