QUT researchers are working on reef cooling and shading interventions to reduce heat stress in corals by reducing incoming solar radiation. This will be achieved by marine cloud brightening and fogging, a promising large-scale intervention.
Scope and expected outcomes
The Cooling and Shading R&D Subprogram aims to progress both categories of cooling and shading interventions in parallel:
- those that can potentially be deployed at large scale, hundreds of square kilometres up to the entire Great Barrier Reef
- those that are likely only achievable at smaller scale, such as an individual reef or tens of square kilometres.