[Coral-List] Study says Pacific reef growth can match rising sea

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Tue Aug 11 18:21:51 EDT 2015

Reefs in the news:

New study from Florida Tech finds reef growth can match rising sea.


Keep up or drown: adjustment of Pacific coral reefs to sea-level rise in
the 21st century.  Royal Society Open Science


Open access.

I note that the original article is primarily about microatolls keeping up
with sea level rise.  That's not the same thing as a reef keeping up with
sea level rise, and not all corals grow at the same rate as microatolls,
some faster, some slower, plus reef growth rate depends on what the coral
cover is, coralline algae, whether corals are killed by bleaching events,
whether warmer temperatures speed or slow their growth, and other factors
as well.  The paper discusses much of this.

Cheers,  Doug

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