Bainbridge, S.J., Berkelmans, R., Sweatman, H, Weeks, S. (2015) Monitoring the health of Torres Strait Reefs.




Bainbridge, S., Berkelmans, R. (2014)  The use of climatologies and Bayesian models to link observations to outcomes; an example from the Torres Strait. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. [doi: 10.1039/C3EM00675A].

AIMS scientist, Dr Hugh Sweatman, speaks about fascinating scientific journeys to some little-known reefs.
Over the past three years, AIMS scientists have been working with the Torres Strait Regional Authority to track the condition of reefs in Torres Strait.
On their most recent trip, Dr Sweatman’s team surveyed fishes and corals on the reefs of Mer, Poruma, Aureed, Masig and Erub. The team is set to publish their findings in December 2014. He speaks about Torres Strait’s rich, little studied, ecosystems, the importance of these seas for marine research and how these islands were the quest for many early seafarers. Funding was provided through the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program. 

Osborne, K., Miller, I., Johns, K., Jonker, M., Sweatman, H. (2013) Preliminary report on surveys of biodiversity of fishes and corals in Torres Strait.

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About this project:

What is the status of coral reefs in the Torres Strait? This project will survey coral reefs so we have a baseline of coral condition to answer this question and monitor changes in future.The project will also establish an early warning system for coral bleaching.

Find out more about Project 2.3


Red Orbit

02 October 2012

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world’s largest coral reef, and the only living thing on Earth that is visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef is approximately 3000 kilometers long and up to 65 kilometers wide in some places.

According to new research from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS ), the Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover in the last 27 years. The research team attributes this loss to storm damage (48%), crown of thorns starfish (42%), and bleaching (10%). Read more






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