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Impact of Ocean Warming and Acidification on Growth of Reef-building Corals

Project Information

Principal Investigator(s):
Ilsa B Kuffner (U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Geology Science Center)

Start Date: September 2011

End Date: January 2013

Project Status: In Progress

Tags: Climate Change, Ocean Warming, ocean acidification, Coral reefs, CSC, Southeast CSC, 2011, Science Project

Affiliation: Southeast CSC

Fiscal Year: FY 2011 Projects

Summary

Two significant contributing factors to the degradation of coral reef ecosystems are increasing ocean surface temperatures and decreasing ocean acidification. Both factors are related to anthropogenic disturbances of the global carbon cycle. However, there are too few datasets at this time to make educated predictions on the precise impact of these factors. This study aims to identify differences in climate vulnerability among three important reef-building coral species, and subsequently to inform resource management decisions regarding reef restoration and species protection policies. Project goals include a study addressing long-term variability in ocean temperature and acidification and the corresponding response of coral reef development. This data will be used as important baseline information as ocean conditions continue to change. 

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