Lethal consequences: climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

Lesley Hughes, Annika Dean, Will Steffen, Martin Rice

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In 2016 and 2017 the Great Barrier Reef experienced unprecedented back-to-back mass bleaching events, driven by marine heatwaves. The 2016 bleaching event was focused on the northernmost section of the reef between Lizard Island and the Torres Strait, and the 2017 bleaching event was focused on the central section of the reef but also extended into the northernmost section. This report provides
an update on the impacts and threats of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, following previous reports published by the Climate Council: ‘Climate change: A deadly threat to coral reefs’ (April 2017) and ‘Australia’s coral reefs under threat from climate change’ (May 2016). This update highlights the coral mortality that has occurred from the combination of the 2016 and 2017 events.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherClimate Council of Australia
Commissioning bodyClimate Council of Australia
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781925573633
ISBN (Print)9781925573626
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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