The Great Barrier Reef is an incredibly complex ecosystem with much yet to be discovered. Research stations like the Australian Museum's Lizard Island and The University of Queensland's Heron Island are working every day to decode the secrets of the reef and uncover the pressures that threaten it. In Townsville, Queensland, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) focuses its cutting-edge research on a wide variety of areas, from exploring the resilience of coral to investigating the creatures invading the reef. And on Lizard Island, a family is on the front line against a most unwelcome resident...
Ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures are clearly beginning to take their toll on the world's coral reefs, with global coral bleaching events a visible sign that all is not well in our planet's oceans.
But is this pattern unprecedented? Researchers at The University of Queensland are using advanced technology to find out how coral reefs have responded to climate change in the past, which could be crucial in understanding how they will fare in the future.
Knowing how corals responded to changing conditions in the past can inform us of how they might respond in the future. With the reef changing so quickly, is it possible to speed up their natural adaptation process?
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