Title

Hermatypic Coral Growth Banding as Environmental Recorder

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-25-1975

Publication Title

Nature

Keywords

Coral reefs, Environmental monitoring

ISSN

0028-0836

Volume

258

Issue/No.

5537

First Page

706

Last Page

708

Abstract

Study of incremental banding in coral skeletons was initiated by Ma and later extended by Wells and others. More recently, discrete annual banding in the skeletons of certain hermatypic corals has been described. Here we present an analysis of annual band width measurements from Bermuda corals which relates, through regression techniques, coral band time series to air temperature and air pressure variations. Our results indicate that coral bands record important aspects of their environment and therefore become useful where reconstruction of palaeoclimatic variables is of interest. Specifically the coral time series may be used as a palaeotemperature indicator or, when coupled with relatively well established palaeotemperatures, for palaeobarometric pressure determinations. Derived series of otherwise unobtainable palaeovariables are important not only for work on coral physiology, but also for construction and testing of climatic models; in this later instance information on palaeopressure is particularly desirable.

Comments

©1975 Nature Publishing Group

DOI

10.1038/258706a0