Interventions

Research in the AIMS National Sea Simulator

Research in the AIMS National Sea Simulator. Photo: Christian Miller

The RRAP Concept Feasibility Study took a no-stone-unturned approach to examining 160 possible interventions to help the Reef resist, adapt to and recover from the impacts of climate change.

Of these, 43 were deemed worthy of further exploration in the RRAP R&D Program, based on the assessment of their potential benefits, cost and scale.

These 43 potential interventions are described by three core attributes: their functional objective, delivery method and possible deployment scale.

Functional objective:

is the Reef ecosystem objective being targeted to aid recovery or adaptation to a changing climate.

Delivery method:

is the approach to deliver the intervention, typically comprising a production and deployment action.

Deployment scale:

is the likely maximum scale of the intervention, based on current knowledge and an assessment of logistics and costs.

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Shading by cloud brightening

Shading by cloud brightening

Prevention, Large Intervention

Shading by fogging

Shading by fogging

Medium Intervention

Shading by misting

Shading by misting

Medium Intervention

Shading by surface films

Shading by surface films

Small Intervention

Shading by microbubbles

Shading by microbubbles

Small Intervention

Shading by structure

Shading by structure

Small Intervention

Shading by structure

Shading by algae

Small Intervention

Stabilisation by natural bonding

Stabilisation by natural bonding

Medium Intervention

Stabilisation by chemical bonding

Stabilisation by chemical bonding

Stabilisation by mesh

Stabilisation by mesh

Small Intervention

Stabilisation by removal

Stabilisation by removal

Small to Medium Intervention

Stabilisation by consolidation

Stabilisation by consolidation

Small Intervention

Structure by 3D frames

Structure by 3D frames

Small Intervention

Structure by 3D printed shapes

Structure by concrete shapes

Small Intervention

Structure by massive corals

Structure by massive corals

Small Intervention

Structure by 3D printed shapes

Structure by 3D printed shapes

Small Intervention

Coral seeding by assisted larval movement

Coral seeding by assisted larval movement

Small to Medium Intervention

Coral seeding by larval slick translocation

Coral seeding by larval slick translocation

Small to Medium Intervention

Coral seeding by larval slicks settled on devices

Coral seeding by larval slicks settled on devices

Medium to Large Intervention

Research in the AIMS National Sea Simulator

Coral seeding by semiautomated aquaculture

Small Intervention

Coral replacement to help restore the Great Barrier Reef infographic

Coral seeding by automated aquaculture

Medium Intervention

Coral seeding by larval/polyp aquaculture

Coral seeding by larval/polyp aquaculture

Large Intervention

Biocontrol of macroalgae

Biocontrol of macroalgae

Small Intervention

Biocontrol of species with negative impact

Biocontrol of species with negative impact

Small Intervention

Application of field treatments to enhance coral survival

Application of field treatments to enhance coral survival

Small to Medium Intervention

Seeding enhanced corals from existing stock by larval slick translocation

Seeding enhanced corals from existing stock by larval slick translocation

Small to Medium Intervention

Seeding enhanced corals from existing stock by settlement of larval slicks on devices

Seeding enhanced corals from existing stock by settlement of larval slicks on devices

Medium to Large Intervention

Seeding enhanced corals bred from existing stock with semi automated aquaculture

Seeding enhanced corals bred from existing stock with semi-automated aquaculture

Medium Intervention

Coral replacement to help restore the Great Barrier Reef infographic

Seeding enhanced corals bred from existing stock with automated aquaculture

Medium Intervention

Seeding enhanced corals bred from existing stock with larval/polyp aquaculture

Seeding enhanced corals bred from existing stock with larval/polyp aquaculture

Large Intervention

Seeding enhanced corals bred from engineered stock with semi-automated aquaculture

Seeding enhanced corals bred from engineered stock with semi-automated aquaculture

Small Intervention

Seeding enhanced corals bred from engineered stock with automated aquaculture

Seeding enhanced corals bred from engineered stock with automated aquaculture

Medium Intervention

Seeding enhanced corals bred from engineered stock with larval/polyp aquaculture

Seeding enhanced corals bred from engineered stock with larval/polyp aquaculture

Large Intervention