From reef to range, the Research Centre plays a vital and valuable role in understanding, conserving and promoting one of the world’s most pristine and bio-diverse habitats.
The Research Centre is home to the ‘Ningaloo Alliance’: a collaborative partnership comprising the University of Western Australia’s ‘Ocean Institute’ and various tertiary and research bodies, state and local government departments, and local organisations. The Centre provides Alliance members with the facilities to carry out invaluable marine research, education and training. The research undertaken enhances understanding of the reefs and the coastal areas of the region. The Centre brings together scientists, educators and the community, and is the central educational resource for improving management and conservation throughout the Ningaloo Marine Park. The research enables world-class monitoring programs, informs environmental management and conservation initiatives across the west Pilbara and Ningaloo regions, and assesses the resilience of the reef systems in the face of climate change, extreme events (such as cyclones), and the impacts of human activity.