Natural and man-made disturbances can result in coral reefs being damaged and, in some cases, partly or fully reduced to fields of rubble. QUT researchers are working to improve overall coral cover and reef health through restoring these rubble fields so that coral recruitment can commence.
Scope and expected outcomes
A. Understand where rubble is going to be a problem on the Great Barrier Reef.
B. Test the efficacy of existing approaches to rubble stabilisation and explore new biogeochemical-binding methods.
C. Create a rubble intervention tool.
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QUT researchers are searching for quicker ways to stabilise coral rubble, enabling coral regrowth. “Having a very stable, solid seabed is really important for reef recovery” said Professor Scott Bryan who is leading the research.