Coral Reefs and Global Change: Extreme Climatic Events and Coral Reefs: How Much Short-Term Threat from Global Change?

Title

Coral Reefs and Global Change: Extreme Climatic Events and Coral Reefs: How Much Short-Term Threat from Global Change?

Files

Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

Geological approaches to coral reef ecology

Editors

Aronson R

Description

Coral reefs around the world are sustaining massive damage at an alarming rate. Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology provides a uniquely historical perspective on the destruction—through both natural and human processes—of coral reef ecosystems. Chapters applying the principles of geophysics, paleontology, geochemistry, and physical and chemical oceanography supply novel insights into the workings of coral reefs, complementing real-time ecological studies and providing critical information for crafting realistic environmental policy.

By reconstructing the ecological history of coral reefs, the authors are able to evaluate whether or not recent, dramatic changes to reef ecosystems are novel events or part of a long-term trend or cycle. The contributions examine the interacting causes of change, which include hurricane damage, regional outbreaks of coral-consuming predators, disease epidemics, sea-level rise, nutrient loading, global warming and acidification of the oceans. Crucial predictions about the future of coral reefs lead to practical strategies for the successful restoration and management of reef ecosystems. Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology will be of particular interest to students and professionals in ecology and marine biology, including environmental managers.

ISBN

978-0-387-33537-7

Publication Date

2007

Publisher

Springer-Verlag

City

Berlin

Keywords

Coral Reef, Coral, Development, Ecology, Ecosystem, Environment, Environmental Management, Geology, Global Warming, Marine Biology, Oceans, Paleobiology, Paleoecology, Reefs, Taphonomy

Disciplines

Marine Biology | Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

ResearchID/ORCID ID

F-8807-2011