The maths behind the destruction of Australia’s coastal habitat

29 Jul 2019
Bleached reef
Bleached staghorn coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Many species are dependent on corals for food and shelter. Credit: Damian Thomson.

If you think climate change is only gradually affecting our natural systems, think again.

New research, published yesterday in Frontiers in Marine Science, looked at the large-scale impacts of a series of extreme climate events on coastal marine habitats around Australia.

The researchers, including UQ's Professor Anthony Richardson from the School of Mathematics and Physics, found more than 45% of the coastline was already affected by extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Read the full story on The Conversation