Scientists trials a new technique that aims to prevent coral bleaching by spraying microscopic seawater particles into the air
Southern Cross University-led field trials of an innovative new technique that aims to prevent coral bleaching by spraying microscopic seawater particles into the air is producing exciting preliminary results.
Made possible with the support of the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the technique known as Cloud Brightening enhances the clouds by helping them to reflect solar energy away from the Reef; in turn helping protect coral from bleaching.
An initial trial of the prototype Cloud Brightening equipment in 2020 has proved it is feasible to pump seawater and atomise it into tiny droplets at a rate of hundreds of trillions per second.
The Cloud Brightening project team, led by Dr Daniel Harrison of Southern Cross University, completed a second trial this year which gathered critical data on the behaviour of the atmosphere over the Great Barrier Reef during the summer months, when corals are most at risk of bleaching. (More)