About the Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation was established in 2000 for the purpose of funding vital research to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. Made up of 2,900 reefs along 2,300km of Queensland's coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest United Nations World Heritage areas and is under threat. We need your help to protect and preserve our reef for future generations.

Projects in Profile

Ocean Acidification Framework

The Ocean Acidification Research Framework will develop the baseline knowledge of carbonate chemistry needed to better understand the exposure of the Reef to increasing levels of acidification. This baseline knowledge will then feed into further research into the vulnerability of Reef organisms and ecosystems to acidification. This knowledge will be used to develop feasibility studies and research into long and short-term solutions to address ocean acidification on the Great Barrier Reef....   READ MORE

Latest News

 Our oceans absorb a quarter of all human-based carbon emissions, causing a rise in ocean acidity. Consequences can be seen from the bleaching and break down of coral, to sensory and memory disruption... READ MORE

A rare intertidal spider was discovered at ReefBlitz 2014 by one of our volunteer survey leaders. The spider, which doesn’t have a common name but is known scientifically as Paratheuma australis, was... READ MORE

Coral Reefs 101

Learn more about coral reefs and the direct threats they face.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) release their 5th Assessment Report

On the 31st March, 2014 the IPCC released their 5th Assessment Report in regards to Climate Change. This report considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific analyses from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives, theoretical studies of climate processes and simulations using climate models. It builds upon the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) (2007), and incorporates subsequent new findings of research.
 
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a member of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Science Advisory Committee, is the Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on Oceans with Professor Rongshuo Cai from China.
 
To read the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, Click here