The expedition boat anchors just offshore
Friday 3 August 2018
MANADO, Indonesia — Scientists have discovered surprisingly healthy coral reefs off Indonesia, despite the multiple bleaching events around the world that have killed a large number of the planet’s shallow-water corals. Marine scientists from The University of Queensland have produced and analysed more than 56,000 images taken in the Coral Triangle, near the island of Sulawesi, during a six-week expedition. Using underwater scooters fitted with 360-degree cameras, researchers photographed up to two kilometres in single dives. Artificial intelligence was then used to analyse those images much faster than human scientists could. The expedition, funded by Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, aimed to evaluate how global-warming-induced coral bleaching between 2014 and 2017 had affected the Coral Triangle.
The work builds on the recent Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services project led by UQ.
Monday 23 July 2018
UQ Civil Engineering and Biological Sciences researchers are working with engineering, science and technology consultancy BMT, to investigate creating coral-filled net structures to turn unstable rubble into coral structures known as bommies. School of Civil Engineering researcher Professor Tom Baldock said he hoped the pilot project would show the artificial bommies could promote the growth of new coral and protect adjacent coral from cyclone damage.
Global winner -- Chasing Coral
Friday 20 July 2018
A year after its release, the global success of the Chasing Coral documentary continues to break new ground. The team behind Chasing Coral, headed by Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes and Samantha Wright, has released an impressive summary of the doco’s impact around the world. As well as winning the Sundance film festival, Chasing Coral has attracted more than 30 other industry awards, including some 50 nominations.
Average coral recovery rates showed a six-fold decline across the Great Barrier Reef.
Thursday 19 July 2018
The Great Barrier Reef is losing its ability to recover from disturbances, but effective local management could revive its capacity to bounce back. This is the finding of research by The University of Queensland, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reefs Studies (Coral CoE) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). The study found a decline in the ability of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park reefs to recover after bleaching events, outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish or cyclones over an 18-year period, from 1992 to 2010, even before the recent back-to-back bleaching in 2016 and 2017.
Dr Hawthorne Beyer is a quantitative ecologist working on conservation and environmental management problems.
Thursday 28 June 2018
Scientists have identified a portfolio of the world’s reefs most likely to survive the coming decades, using principles from the financial investment world.
Photo: Jaanus Jagomagi
Friday 22 June 2018
The annual Lowy Institute poll on Australian attitudes to the world and global issues for 2018 has been released.
(L-R)  Beyond Zero Emissions Head of Research, Michael Lord and Wagners EFC Manager, Tom Glasby
Wednesday 13 June 2018
The UQ Global Change Institute, in partnership with Wagners EFC, recently hosted an industry workshop that focused on advanced construction materials to combat climate ch
Winning image of Dendrogyra cylindrus or Pillar coral by Dan Mele.
Monday 11 June 2018
The winner of the Global Change Institute’s 2018 photography competition is Dan Mele for his beautiful photograph of Dendrogyra cylindrus – Pillar coral.
A 1.5 degree warmer world may result in vastly different outcomes at regional scales
Thursday 7 June 2018
In the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix, Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered the choice between a red and blue pill to decide his future.
 L-R: Prof. Dr Ir Ambariyanto (Vice Rector for Research and Innovation Diponegoro University), Dr Emma Kennedy (Research Fellow, The University of Queensland), Puji Prihatinningsih M.App.Sc (Conservation Officer, Karimunjawa National Park Office) and Agus Prabowo S.H., M.Sc (Director, Karimunjawa National Park Office)
Friday 25 May 2018
Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute have returned to Indonesia to resurvey coral reefs previously surveyed in September 2014.
Coral-algal interactions such as this are more relevant than ever given the rapidly degrading coral reef ecosystem dynamics. Photo: K. Brown
Thursday 24 May 2018
Tropical coral reefs are being degraded by human activities, and as a result, reef-building corals have declined while algae have increased.
People will listen more when they like what they’re hearing. Shutterstock.com
Wednesday 16 May 2018
It’s a well-studied fact that facts don’t speak for themselves. This is especially apparent with climate change.
The amount of landfill in Australia is expected to rise since China is no longer buying our recycling waste. But there are easy solutions to this big problem. Nicolás Boullosa/flickr, CC BY
Friday 27 April 2018
Ipswich residents have been told their recycling waste will now be dumped into landfill because it is too expensive for the local council to recycle.
More than 40 UQ students took part in the community garden workshop. Photo: @GCITweet
Monday 23 April 2018
A group of more than 40 UQ students attended the inaugural meeting of the community garden participatory workshop at the Global Change Institute this week (19 April).
L-R: Dr Michael Hewson, Dr Joelle Gergis and Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Friday 20 April 2018
More than 50 guests were treated to a hard-hitting overview of a new book by award-winning climate scientist and writer Dr Joëlle Gergis at the UQ Global Change Institute

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