Monitoring reefs at risk from climate change

A scuba diver with tape measure surrounded by kelp.

NSW DPI Principal Research Scientist, Dr Melinda Coleman, conducting a survey of kelp health. Photo by: Tom Davis.


Scientists are studying the effects of climate change on NSW's rocky reef marine habitats.

The marine scientists are looking for changes to the:

  • size and spread of kelp and coral habitats
  • diversity of fish populations
  • distribution of sea urchins.

The scientists will use underwater cameras and diving surveys to check the health of more than 1,000km of NSW coastline.

This work will identify any changes to the health of NSW's rocky reef ecosystems.

Latest news

14 May 2020 - Researchers find climate change indicators - Researchers have identified three important biological indicators that will act as early warning signs of climate-driven changes to NSW’s marine environment.

20 Dec 2019 - Deep dive on health of NSW coast - A team of scientists from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is now analysing data collected during a field study to help assess the impact of climate change on the NSW coastline.


Eden, Batemans Bay, Sydney, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Evans Head, Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Tweed Heads

Lead agency

NSW Department of Primary Industries


To find out more, contact:

Dr Tom Davis, Scientific Officer - Marine Climate Change
Fisheries Research
NSW Department of Primary Industries
T: +61 2 6656 8916 | M: 0439 681 020 | E:

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