Understanding the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a national treasure that brings significant economic, cultural and social benefits to Australia. As well as being the jewel in the crown of Australia's UNESCO World-heritage listed sites, it brings in $5.7 billion annually and generates more than 64,000 full-time jobs.
However, its ongoing health is under threat from pressures including:
- climate change
- declining water quality from catchment run-off
- habitat loss resulting from coastal development
- shipping and fishing.
No barriers to great communication
We're helping to develop an integrated decision support and communication tool for managing the Great Barrier Reef.
The five-year eReefs project, which began in 2012, spans the entire Great Barrier Reef (GBR) area – from catchment to ocean. It covers:
- data management
- decision-support tools.
Funding support is provided by: the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, BHP Billiton, Australian Government Caring for our Country initiative, Queensland Government and the Science and Industry Endowment Fund.
Better understanding of the reef
The project will yield a better understanding of the GBR, make information more accessible for government, industry and the community, and help to model and monitor factors such as land-use and the impacts of rainfall and flooding, cyclones and climate change.