Speakers at the the Biennial Fraser Island Conference indicated climate change would affect mangroves in the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island, and the region’s flora and fauna.
Speakers at the the Biennial Fraser Island Conference indicated climate change would affect mangroves in the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island, and the region’s flora and fauna. Robyne Cuerel

Fraser Island ideal spot for climate change study

THE head of the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation believes the world heritage-listed site could become a national laboratory for studying climate change.

Speaking to the Chronicle after the Biennial Fraser Island Conference in Brisbane last Thursday, FIDO president John Sinclair said scientists were fascinated with the changes taking place.

"The impact of climate change was either explicit or implicit in a number of presentations at the conference, particularly in the keynote address by ... Doctor Barry Jones and Professor Roger Kitching," Mr Sinclair said.

Prof Kitching was one of the authors of the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Mr Sinclair said more than 80 people at the conference heard from guest speakers who had studied the island.

He said the speakers indicated climate change would affect mangroves in the Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Island and Cooloola fens, and the region's flora and fauna.

"All of the scientists stressed the need to gather more baseline data now that could be used to measure the rate of change and led to a few more people volunteering to assist in projects to assist the scientists gather more data," he said.

Mr Sinclair said the climate change theme would continue at the 2015 Fraser Island Sun, Sea and Sand Conference where climate scientist Prof Tim Flannery would be a speaker.



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