University of Queensland researchers are heading to Mount Isa in August

Children participating in the interactive CoralWatch display with Virtual Reality. Photo: Supplied
Children participating in the interactive CoralWatch display with Virtual Reality. Photo: Supplied

Ever wondered how old the Great Barrier Reefs is, what coral shapes and colours exist, how humans affect the reef, and what actions you can take from home to save reefs or any environment? 

This August the University of Queensland (UQ) researchers are heading to the outback to raise awareness about the Great Barrier Reef.

As a part of National Science Week, Dr Monique Grol and Ms Diana Kleine from UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute are embarking on a 10-day tour of regional Queensland to share their passion and expertise in reef science.

“The reef is such an incredible natural phenomenon as the home of so many species of marine life – it’s critical we help save it,” Dr Monique Grol said.

The tour will involve virtual reality, public lectures, school visits, and interactive library displays to educate regional towns about coral health and threats to the reef, and what can be done from the outback to help preserve it.

The events are a part of CoralWatch, a global coral reef citizen project based at UQ. CoralWatch promotes a public understanding of coral reef science and climate change, and provides opportunities to act now for the future of our reefs.

The events will take place at the Mount Isa City Library Thursday August 16 from 3-4pm and a free documentary will be aired from 6.30pm -8.30pm that evening at the Mount Isa Civic Centre.