Coral reefs are epicentres of biodiversity, providing essential ecosystem services, including provision of food, coastal protection, nutrient cycling, oxygen production, ecotourism and aesthetic enjoyment.

Coral reefs are complex ecosystems, and models help us to better understand the many inter-relationships among organisms and key processes. Models also allow us to evaluate the efficacy of potential conservation actions and other management decisions.

UQ Marine researchers have been developing a range of reef models over the past 15 years. The models are increasingly valuable in managing the increasing impacts of climate change.

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