Natural resource management improvements based on sound understanding of the status and long-term trends of priority species and systems

Research priorities:
  • Identify and trial practical methods to improve reef resilience, such as the transplantation of coral and coral genetics.
  • Understand trends in dugong and turtle populations, including breeding cycles and trends in seagrass and habitats. Develop better methods for the protection of important habitat for dugong and turtles.
  • Combine existing indicators and monitoring programmes to develop a cost-effective integrated monitoring programme to support natural resource management, evaluate results and communicate trends.
  • Identify regionally-specific management interventions to achieve or maintain realistic desired states for tropical environmental, social, cultural and economic values.
  • Develop and implement better tools, including spatial information, to support the prioritisation of on-ground investments and interventions and asses their success.
  • Explore the opportunities for citizen science and Indigenous participation to improve tropical water quality awareness and outcomes.


Research projects:
Round 1

Project 3.1
Seagrass mapping synthesis – A resource for marine park and coastal management

Project 3.2 Improving historical estimates of abundance and distribution of dugongs and large green turtles in western and central Torres Strait

Project 3.3 Light thresholds for seagrasses of the GBR: a synthesis and guiding document for managing seagrass

Project 3.4 Developing and refining biological indicators for seagrass condition assessments in an integrated monitoring program

Project 3.5 Assessment of key dugong and turtle seagrass resources in the northern Torres Strait

Project 3.6 Establishing a research framework for future NESP investment into better understanding of the presence of Box-Jellyfishes (Irukandji) and risks in the Great Barrier Reef

Project 3.7 Monitoring the effects of zoning on coral reefs and their associated fish communities in the GBR Marine Park

Project 3.8 Towards an integrated monitoring program: identifying indicators and existing monitoring programs to cost-effectively evaluate the Long Term Sustainability Plan

Project 3.9 Indigenous capacity building and increased participation in management of Queensland sea country

Project 3.10 Benchmarking costs of NRM improvements for the GBR

Project 3.11 Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks facing the GBR

Project 3.12 Development of an offset financial contribution calculator for Reef Trust

Project 3.13 eAtlas 2015 – NESP data management, Torres Strait NRM plan delivery platform and Torres Strait reef mapping


Round 2

Project 2.3.1
Benthic light as ecologically validated GBR wide indicator for water quality: drivers, thresholds and cumulative risks

Project 2.3.2
‘Human sensors’ for monitoring GBR environmental changes and quality of marine waters through harnessing Big Data analysis

Project 2.3.3
Building Indigenous livelihood and comanagement opportunities in the northern GBR-ecosystem services and conservation governance for water quality

Project 2.3.4
Working with Traditional Owners and local citizens to better manage GBR estuarine wetlands

Project 2.3.5
eAtlas – Data management for environmental research