[Coral-List] Session on coral reef and reef island geomorphology at EGU 2016 (Vienna, Austria)

Morgan, Kyle K.Morgan at exeter.ac.uk
Mon Nov 23 11:08:10 EST 2015

Dear all,

Abstract submission is now open for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly that will be held 17-22 April 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

We would like to draw your attention to the following session on coral reef and reef island geomorphology and their response to environmental change (past, present and future).

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is 13 January 2016.

Abstract submission and conference information can be found at:

Opportunities for financial support for Early-Career and scientists from low- and middle-income countries are available (http://egu2016.eu/support_and_destinction.html), the deadline for these applications is 1 December 2015.

Please pass this email on to any colleagues or students who may be interested in presenting. We look forward to your participation and we hope to see you in Vienna next year!


Kyle Morgan, Chris Perry


Coral reef and reef island geomorphology: past records and future responses to global environmental change

Coral reefs and reef islands are extremely vulnerable to changes in global environmental conditions (sea level rise, ocean acidification, warming temperatures, increased storm frequency), and collectively these factors represent a significant threat to future coral reef resilience. A solid understanding of contemporary reef and reef island geomorphology, geomorphic development, and the processes driving shifts in the nature and magnitude of change through time are important if we are to place current ecological assessments within a long-term context, and better predict future reef trajectories..

This session aims to bring together scientists working across broad aspects of coral reef geoscience, to explore the controls on reef and reef island development and change throughout the Holocene, including those working on: reef islands (process-based studies across a range of temporal scales, island chronology, sediment supply); Holocene reef growth (records of reef accretion, reef growth interactions with regional sea level, palaeoecology); reef carbonate production (reef framework budget studies, reef metabolism); modelling approaches (numerical modelling of coral reef processes, island/reef morphological modelling); remote sensing (advances in coral reef detection and analysis); marginal reef environments (turbid reefs, mesophotic reefs, atypical reef habitats). Efforts towards multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding reef development are especially appreciated.

Kyle Morgan
Associate Research Fellow, Geography, University of Exeter
Department of Geography
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive
Exeter, EX4 4RJ. UK

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