[Coral-List] Corals and Sea Level Rise

Clifford J. Hearn clifford_hearn at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 17 20:30:59 EDT 2014

Denis, I am sure that you and your co-authors are absolutely wrong in your assertion that reef islands cannot keep up with the present slow increase in sea level rise. One of the faults in your argument is that you ignored the fact that the growth rate (or decay rate) is highly non-linear and dependent on the height of the reef (which varies tidally every day of the year); it only reaches the minimal mean rates that you quote when that mean height is optimal for the coral.

Clifford J Hearn
Working Science Consultants

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