Plankton: critical little critters
We’ve known how precious our plankton are for quite a while, which is why we’re working to understand even more about these delightful critters. This is made possible through our work the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), a national ocean observing system measuring the physical, chemical and biological environment.
Using the data taken from IMOS we’re able to study climate change, ocean acidification, productivity of fisheries, biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Life on the Reef
Harvesting coral spawn
Restoring coral reefs is a global challenge that has been attempted around the world, with previous research achieving varying levels of success at small and localised scales. CSIRO, together with other leading Australian research organisations, is assessing the prospect of implementing restoration at the scale of the entire Great Barrier Reef.
Crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks are one of the three major causes of coral decline on the Great Barrier Reef. Understanding and addressing the causes and designing management approaches to moderate their severity and impact on reef ecosystems is fundamental to a healthy long-term future for the Reef.