Coral reefs cover less than 1 percent of the Earth’s surface but are among the planet’s most diverse habitats. These incredible ecosystems are damaged by the impacts of our carbon emissions—especially warming and ocean acidification....Show More Summary
Sly Lee, a marine scientist and the founder of The Hydrous, is passionate about conserving these beautifully diverse ecosystems and believes he has found the best way to do so. Previously, coral reef research consisted of taking measurements...Show More Summary
Spanning 97 miles, Danajon Bank in the Philippines is a rare marine life wonder. Just one of six double barrier reefs in the world, it is home to coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass biomes, tiger-tail seahorses and other natural wonders. Show More Summary
When we first met Dr. Ruth Gates this fall, she said something that really stuck with me. She told us that one of the problems with the scientific community is that "we can agree on 95% of something, and then debate the last 5% until it's too late to act." I don't think she meant it as an insult. Show More Summary
A survey of the Pacific includes chapters on coral reefs, thermonuclear bombs and cyclones.
Kota Kinabalu: Coral reefs will disappear by 2100 as ocean acidification intensifies in tandem with climate change, top brass speakers warned at the 1st Sulu Sulawesi Sea (SSS) Conference at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Wednesday.”I didn’t plug that prediction out of the sky, I got it from a study on the state of marine ecoregions,” said […]
The effect of climate change, both thermal stress and ocean acidification, on coral reefs is of increasing concern with the effects on calcification at the organismal level, and changes in the ratio of accretion to erosion on larger spatial scales of particular interest. But far fewer studies have been done on non-calcifying organisms, such as […]
A new study published by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences has linked global ocean processes with local coral reef chemistry. Data collected on reefs and offshore in Bermuda over a five-year period shows that coral reef chemistry — and perhaps the future success of corals — is tied not only to the human carbon […]
Coral bleaching poses an imminent threat to the health and longevity of the world’s coral reef systems. The recent increase of ambient CO2 in sea water endangers the photoprotective process of photorespiration, which may overwhelmingly contribute to these bleaching events. Show More Summary
From replanting the reefs we've lost to evolving stronger corals, humans are trying to engineer reefs to withstand climate change.
As if the world’s coral reefs didn’t have enough problems — killer rising ocean temperatures, crazy bleaching events and oil slicks comprised of sunscreen from sunbathers that denude them, they are now under attack by hordes of thorny sea creatures.Read full article >>
A new study says that this small eel photographed by accident on a Caribbean coral reef is the first green fluorescent fish ever recorded. (more…)
Burbling tanks of frags for sale glow under blacklights at the Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap. (Photo: Kyle Frischkorn) Early on a Sunday morning in November, a bunch of fraggers from an online forum gathered in a blacklight-infusedShow More Summary
A new study challenges previous evidence that shows increased ocean acidification poses threat to coral reefs, claiming that corals continue to flourish despite this condition. According to researchers affiliated with the Scripps Institution...Show More Summary
CANCUN, Mexico, Nov 12 - The Mexican beach resort of Cancun, with its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and nightlife, attracts more than 3 million tourists a year.
A combined team of researchers affiliated with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences has found, via a five year study, that increased ocean acidification may not pose the threat to coral reefs that scientists have thought. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the […]
Oceanic uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) has acidified open-ocean surface waters by 0.1 pH units since preindustrial times. Despite unequivocal evidence of ocean acidification (OA) via open-ocean measurements for the past several decades, it has yet to be documented in near-shore and coral reef environments. Show More Summary
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach One of the reasons I lived so much of my life in the tropical South Pacific is because of the diving. Coral reefs are one of the most astounding ecosystems on the planet, boiling over with energy, movement, and color. I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours in the water,…
Almost every person has an appreciation for natural environments. In addition, most people find healthy or pristine locations with high biodiversity more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing than environmentally degraded locations. In...Show More Summary
One of the most pressing questions in coral reef biology today is “Will reef-building corals survive climate change?” Critical to this question is the rate at which climate change is progressing and whether that rate will be matched or exceeded by the ability of corals to acclimatize and adapt in their upper stress tolerance limits. […]