Climate Change and Energy

Historical Temperature Records Around the Great Barrier Reef

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30 June 2020

This report by Dr J D Vlok and Dr J J Marohasy is an overview of historical temperature measurement around the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), including:

  • sea surface temperature (SST) data recorded by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and
  • surface air temperature (SAT) data recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

Special attention is given to SST measurements taken around Lizard Island, of the coast of North-Eastern Queensland. Long SAT records from weather stations near the GBR are also considered, including Willis Island and Gayndah. The Argo float system is also considered briefly at the end of this report.

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Jennifer Marohasy

Jennifer Marohasy is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs

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