Science and Engineering


11 May 2018

Join us on QUT Giving Day to give the Great Barrier Reef a fighting chance of survival in the face of rising ocean temperatures, cyclones, coral bleaching and Crown-of-Thorns starfish. 

From now until QUT Giving Day on 22 May, you can make a tax deductible donation to five critical research projects currently underway.

Protect the reef through citizen science and big data

Through the Monitoring Through Many Eyes program, QUT researchers are building an online web platform to allow crowd-sourced 2-D and 360-degree imagery taken by divers and snorkelers to be uploaded and geo-located within a digital map of the reef. Funding towards this project enables the program to transition to a full production citizen science web platform.

Donate now (Select Monitoring through Many Eyes)

Kick-start a project to re-grow coral reefs after cyclones

In a 20-year period, approximately 34 percent of all coral mortality on the Reef was caused by storm damage. QUT researchers are working to create a new 'reef glue' to help broken coral pieces regrow, recolonise and ultimately re-attach to the reef. Your support could kick-start this idea into a fully formed project.

Donate now (Select Save the Great Barrier Reef)

Combat coral bleaching through rapid response UAVs

QUT’s remote sensing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) experts are partnering with the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) to test whether small drones, machine learning and specialised hyperspectral cameras can monitor the Great Barrier Reef more efficiently than manned aircraft and satellite surveys. Your donation will help QUT’s expert UAV team fly the drones over different areas of the Great Barrier Reef to gather new, critical data.

Donate now (Select Save the Great Barrier Reef)

Fund robotics education to help the next generation protect the reef

The QUT Robot Academy is a brand new program that takes a significant step toward transforming robotics education, and making it accessible to anyone, anywhere. Your donation will help provide students and teachers with free 24/7 access to award-winning Robotics MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Donate now (Select QUT Robot Academy)

Help control and monitor marine pests

QUT researchers are working to equip Queensland's coastline with the world's first robotic tool to protect the Reef from the pervasive and devastating Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS). Your donation will enable our innovative RangerBot to become a low-cost tool available to tourism opeators, community groups and schools across the coast.

Donate now (Select Save the Great Barrier Reef)

Using nature to stop run-off from farms flowing into the Reef

QUT researchers are investigating bio-reactors and agricultural limestone to greatly reduce the risk of excess nutrient run-off into the Great Barrier Reef. Run-off is stimulating algal growth, increasing coral disease, reducing water clarity and restricting growth of light-dependent plants and animals.

A bio-reactor (essentially a trench filled with woodchips) would stimulate microbial degradation of nutrients and could be a simple but effective solution to the problem of run-off from farms.

Donate now (Select Save the Great Barrier Reef)

11 May 2018 - 23 May 2018
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