reference : Projecting coral reef futures under global warming and ocean acidification

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Abstract Many physiological responses in present-day coral reefs to climate change are interpreted as consistent with the imminent disappearance of modern reefs globally because of annual mass bleaching events, carbonate dissolution, and insufficient time for substantial evolutionary responses. Emerging evidence for variability in the coral calcification response to acidification, geographical variation in bleaching susceptibility and recovery, responses to past climate change, and potential rates of adaptation to rapid warming supports an alternative scenario in which reef degradation occurs with greater temporal and spatial heterogeneity than current projections suggest. Reducing uncertainty in projecting coral reef futures requires improved understanding of past responses to rapid climate change; physiological responses to interacting factors, such as temperature, acidification, and nutrients; and the costs and constraints imposed by acclimation and adaptation.
Author Pandolfi, John M.; Connolly, Sean R.; Marshall, Dustin J.; Cohen, Anne L.
DOI 10.1126/science.1204794
Database Provider PubMed
Date 2011/07/22/
ISSN 1095-9203
Issue 6041
Journal Science
Keywords carbon dioxide; Animals; Biological Evolution; global warming; Conservation of Natural Resources; Ecosystem; Biodiversity; Anthozoa; Seawater; Oceans and Seas; Calcification, Physiologic; Forecasting; Hydrogen-Ion Concentration; Symbiosis
Language eng
Pages 418-422
Title Projecting coral reef futures under global warming and ocean acidification
Volume 333
Year 2011
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