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Atmospheric cooling and shading for the Great Barrier Reef

This research sits within the Cooling and Shading Subprogram of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP).RRAP is an ambitious and innovative R&D effort that places Australia as the leader of coral reef adaptation and restoration science. It is a consortium of Partners, including QUT, dedicated to creating an innovative toolkit of interventions to help the Reef resist, adapt to, and recover from the impacts of climate change. These partners include the Australian Institute of Marine Science, CSIRO, the Great …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Fairy circle landscapes formed in the Great Barrier Reef…but how?

Destabilising feedbacks between ecology and the local physical environment yield spatial pattern formation in various contexts throughout nature. For example, these feedbacks can lead to ring-shaped pattern formation in the spatial distribution of submerged aquatic plants. Recently, unusual crater-like structures have been identified in a large area of the Great Barrier Reef where the algae genus Halimeda constructs mounds called 'bioherms'.This project seeks to use partial differential equation models of the spatial growth of Halimeda to identify whether its long-term …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

Mathematically optimising value of information for biodiversity management

When planning environmental management, data are only valuable if they lead to improved outcomes. As new monitoring technologies and approaches are developed, it is critical that they are used optimally to focus on the most important information gaps.Monitoring technologies should only be adopted if they can deliver improved management utility, and new data should be rapidly gathered in locations where early information could offer warning signals of future ecosystem change. Mathematical and statistical approaches to assessing the value of new …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

Carbonate Sediment dynamics from the Southern Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea

The southern extent of the modern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) marks the transition from tropical to subtropical ocean conditions. The shelf edge and upper slope in this vast area of the southern GBR were poorly mapped when compared to the north. Very little systematic multibeam seafloor mapping had been done in the southern GBR with most datasets collected opportunistically while in transit.New bathymetry, backscatter data, and sediments samples extend our understanding of eastern Australia’s palaeoshorelines and provide a basis for …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for the Environment

Developing optimal management approaches to sustain the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is under significant threat from climate change.There are many options for management approaches to help sustain the reef, and many more are being developed. However, optimally planning these management actions is a difficult mathematical problem as they need to deploy over a large scale. This results in long timeframes for developing and executing these actions.This project will involve adapting the Modern Portfolio Theory to develop optimal management approaches to sustain the Great Barrier Reef.Modern Portfolio Theory …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

Optimising sampling design for model discrimination of coral reef recovery

Natural disturbances including severe storms and bleaching events have devastating impacts on the Great Barrier Reef's health. Unfortunately, the increasing pressures associated with climate change are causing these disturbances to occur more frequently, for a longer duration and with more intensity.It's essential to understand the recovery dynamics between major disturbances so we can manage the health of the Great Barrier Reef under increased environmental pressures. Many studies modelling reef recovery assume a specific form for the growth dynamics. However, the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

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