Mapping Australia’s coral reefs
November 21, 2022

Authors: Hamylton, S.M., Roelfsema, C., Beaman, R.J., Kennedy, E.

Year: 2022

Publication: Mapping Australia’s coral reefs. In: Hamylton, S.M., Hutchings, P., Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (Eds.), Coral Reefs of Australia: Perspectives from Beyond the Water’s Edge. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 200-205.



Australia’s coral reefs stretch far and wide, covering 50 000 square kilometres from the Indian Ocean in the West to the Pacific Ocean in the East. They have been viewed as a bedrock of coastal livelihoods, as uncharted and perilous nautical hazards, as valuable natural resources, and as unique, natural wonders with secrets waiting to be unlocked. Australia’s coral reefs have sustained a global interest as places to visit, and as objects of study, science, protection and conservation.

Coral Reefs of Australia examines our evolving relationship with coral reefs, and explores their mystery and the fast pace at which they are now changing. Corals are feeling the dramatic impacts of global climate change, having undergone several devastating mass coral bleaching events, dramatic species range shifts and gradual ocean acidification.

This comprehensive and engaging book brings together the diverse views of Indigenous Australians, coral reef scientists, managers and politicians to reveal how we interact with coral reefs, focussing on Indigenous culture, coastal livelihoods, exploration, discovery, scientific research and climate change. It will inform and inspire readers to learn more about these intriguing natural phenomena and how we can protect coral reefs for the future.


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