The Queensland Government established the Premier’s Fellowships to further build “leadership capacity within Queensland’s research community and to position Queensland at the forefront of cutting edge research, development and innovation”. The program aimed to entice experienced scientists of national and international prominence to lead Queensland-based research teams.
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute, was elected for the Queensland Premier’s Fellowship in 2008. The Fellowship has provided an important platform from which to answer some of the crucial questions facing the impact of global climate change on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. With this support, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg has been able to pursue solutions, collaborate with a broad suite of partners, and communicate the discoveries that he and his team have been making.
A synthesis of outcomes of this great collaborative effort, Science, Solutions and the Future: The Great Barrier Reef in a Time of Change was designed to fill knowledge gaps relating to climate change and its potential long-term impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. With access to more comprehensive scientific knowledge, reef managers and decision-makers are now better placed to develop strategies and policies to support reef resilience under a changing climate.