To support management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, coral reef managers need decision support tools that can integrate
physical and biological information at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. In this project we will construct vulnerability
maps for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) This project will deliver a novel framework for linking impacts of environmental
change to spatial patterns of coral reef resilience and vulnerability. We will use an innovative, multidisciplinary approach
that mechanistically integrates information layers on environmental drivers (warming, hydrodynamics, ocean chemistry) with
biological and ecological responses and consequences at multiple temporal and spatial scales. By combining reef vulnerability
maps with social and financial criteria reef managers can optimise management planning under different environmental scenarios.
1. Development of vulnerability metrics, particularly those indicative of a loss of ecological function (e.g. loss of reef
structure, spatial complexity, fish habitats) and goods and services.
2. Compilation of environmental parameters such as underlying physical (SST, cyclone impacts), chemical (ocean acidification,
water quality), and biological (COTS, coral-algal interactions, grazing) data layers.
3. Experimental calibration of biological/ecological responses to multiple environmental variables.
4. Development of a decision support system (DSS) to guide spatial planning of the GBRMP under projected scenarios of climate
change, ocean acidification and water quality.
This project is now complete.