[Coral-List] Twenty year changes in coral near Muscat, Oman

John Burt john.burt at nyu.edu
Sat Nov 29 06:10:51 EST 2014

For those of you interested in coral reefs in the Arabian region, you may
like to read  a recent study which compares coral communities at 13
locations around Muscat, Oman, from 1993 against surveys at the same sites
in 2012.

The observations suggest that there has been a decline of both hard and
soft coral at most sites over the past two decades, with losses mainly
attributed to the 2007 cyclone Gonu, as well as impacts from the 2008/9
harmful algal bloom; other factors are also discussed.

The full text of the article can be found here (in pre-print form):

A citation for the article is:
Coles, S., E. Looker, and J. Burt. 2015. Twenty-year changes in coral near
Muscat, Oman estimated from manta board tow observations. Marine
Environmental Research 103:66-73.


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