Heat Tolerant Corals

Photo by Antonio Rodriguez

In between many important projects, understanding the heat tolerance of the corals can unlock its potential to restore our Reef.

Like all animals, corals have slowly adapted to changes in their environment over thousands of years. And that can be the key against the Coral Bleaching. 

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is looking to find the Reef’s most heat-tolerant corals and explore how they could be used to boost the Reef’s natural ability to cope with rising water temperatures.

Corals in an aquarium at the National Sea Simulator, a critical facility for heat tolerance research. Credit: Marie Roman, AIMS. 

Right now, scientists are measuring and enhancing the heat tolerance of corals in special aquariums, which could one day be deployed onto the Reef to make it more resilient.

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