Ocean acidification impacts in select Pacific Basin coral reef ecosystems.

Lebrec, Marine, Stefanski, Stephanie, Gates, Ruth, Acar, Sevil, Golbuu, Yimmang, Claudel-Rusin, Astrid, Kurihara, Haruko, Rehdanz, Katrin, Paugam-Baudoin, Delphine, Tsunoda, Tomohiko and Swarzenski, Peter W. (2019) Ocean acidification impacts in select Pacific Basin coral reef ecosystems. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 28 . p. 100584. DOI 10.1016/j.rsma.2019.100584.

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In the vast tropical Pacific Basin islands, corals reef ecosystems are one of the defining marine habitats, critical for maintaining biodiversity and supporting highly productive fisheries. These reefs are also vital for tourism and armoring exposed shorelines against erosion and other storm-related effects. Since the 1980’s, there has been growing evidence that these Pacific Basin coral reef ecosystems are highly vulnerable to the combined effects of both climatic and non-climatic stressors. Observations of widespread bleaching in the region has been linked to acute temperature stress, and the heightened recurrence intervals and intensity of storms has been correlated to recent climate-change induced impacts. Ocean acidification is another ubiquitous stressor with dramatic consequences to biological systems. In this paper we describe what sets this region apart from other coral reef regions around the world, and highlight some examples of the diverse response to ocean acidification threats and associated socio-economic impacts.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.rsma.2019.100584
ISSN: 2352-4855
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 09:34
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2020 12:26
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/47474

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