Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

On Orpheus Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, coral diseases threaten reef ecosystems. Join us in these pristine waters down under to conduct underwater surveys, tag and photograph diseased areas, and monitored and assess coral conditions. In the aquarium, you will conduct experiments on how changes in light, temperature, pH, and nutrients impact diseased corals.

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What to Expect?

Dive into one of the Great Barrier Reef's most spectacular sites - the fringing coral reef surrounding Orpheus Island - to help us better understand the emerging threats facing this landmark site.

Coral diseases are reported to be one of the most significant threats to tropical coral reef ecosystems and an increasing prevalence of disease has been detected along the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef (GBR). By joining this expedition you will be at the forefront of international research into coral reef disease by helping to assess how the reef is recovering from recent cyclones, any seasonal dynamics that may exist, the role of light, and temperature and water quality on disease progression.

Working across a variety of dive sites you will conduct underwater surveys tagging and photographing diseased areas, which will then be monitored over time to assess the condition of the coral. In the aquarium you will set up and conduct experiments that measure light, temperature, pH and nutrients of the water.

  • Program ID: # 1725
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
    Orpheus Island Brisbane
    18° 36' 57.8448" S, 146° 29' 49.92" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Cairns (CNS)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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