3D Coral Reef Research

3D Coral Reef Research

In 2017 you showed your commitment to protecting our Great Barrier Reef when you donated to support the research of Associate Professor Will Figueira and his team. 


In the time since your last gift, things have been moving forward at great speed. The team have been looking at the 3D growth of coral from Palau, through the Great Barrier Reef to Lord Howe Island, in an effort to monitor the effects of climate change on these particular species. They've returned to their field station in One Tree Island and repeat mapped the large areas of reef that were mapped previously, to assess the changes in structural complexity that may have occurred due to coral  bleaching across the reef in 2016 and 2017. 


Your gift has enabled the team to conduct vital research to help protect our reef and the ecosystems that depend upon it, but there is still more to do.


Associate Professor Will Figueira is working to develop partnerships to implement the actual 3D printing of small coral reef sub-units in order to restore some of the complexity that may have been lost due to the coral bleaching episodes. 


More funding could enable the rehabilitation of more reef. If 10 people each gave $40 each, it could enable up to 20 square metres of 3D-printed reef.  


Your continued support of this exciting research is greatly appreciated. Please make a gift today for a healthier reef tomorrow. 



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