(All times Eastern.)Springtime arrives on “Life on the Reef” (PBS at 8 p.m.), complete with nesting sea birds, spawning corals and thousands of hatching baby turtles.The “Home Free” (Fox at 9) contestants rush to complete their house renovations within five days.Read full article >>
Climate change reduces coral reefs' ability to protect coasts.
The coral reefs that have protected Pacific Islanders from storm waves for thousands of years could grow rapidly enough to keep up with escalating sea levels if ocean temperatures do not rise too quickly, according to a new study.
Bioactive trace elements play an important role in metabolic processes and, ultimately, marine productivity. An understanding of the complex interactions between biogeochemical processes and trace elements in reef ecosystems is important for establishing geochemical proxies for marine productivity or biological activity. Show More Summary
The "Amazon" of the ocean is a massive series of interconnected reefs in the western equatorial Pacific, it covers six million square kilometers, and is home to three quarters of all coral species. It's known as the Coral Triangle - though chances are - you might never have heard of it. Show More Summary
Sometimes paradise is better off lost: Off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal, a Manhattan-size island called North Sentinel Island boasts a deep green canopy of trees, stretches of sandy beaches, coral reef barriers—and a population that's decidedly hostile to outsiders, who aren't likely to live...
Jardines de la Reina, a vibrant marine preserve, is thriving even as other ocean habitats decline.
The long-term success of coral reefs depends on a positive balance of calcium carbonate production exceeding dissolution, erosion, and material export. As a result of ocean acidification, coral reefs could transition from net accretion to net erosion owing to decreasing rates of calcification and increasing rates of chemical dissolution and bioerosion. Here, I present a […]
To date, studies of ocean acidification (OA) on coral reefs have focused on organisms rather than communities, and the few community effects that have been addressed have focused on shallow back reef habitats. The effects of OA on outer barrier reefs, which are the most striking of coral reef habitats and are functionally and physically […]
Releasing larvae more often is beneficial for a species' network, new research on tropical coral reef ecosystems shows. The study on reproductive strategies is critical to assess the conservation of coral reef ecosystems worldwide.
Researchers have developed a way to help ecosystems bounce back after human disturbances such as shipping, oil exploration or fishing, and have applied it to a coral reef fish species.
On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported an increased threat of coral bleaching in the western Atlantic and Pacific oceans. NOAA predicts increased coral bleaching in Northern Hemisphere reefs through October. Show More Summary
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach The Guardian, that endless source of climate activism, expoundeth as follows: 15,000 sq km of coral reef could be lost in current mass bleaching, say scientists Noaa predicts third-ever global bleaching event could cause a 6% global reduction in coral reefs in less than two years. A massive coral bleaching event…
Emissions of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere and the consequent effects of climate change and ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems have motivated significant interest in describing and understanding the CO2–carbonic acid system of diverse coral reef environments. Show More Summary
Marine biologist John McManus, who has been studying Pacific coral reefs for the past 30 years, remembers a two-day boat journey a few years ago to a remote part of the Spratly Islands, a chain of low-lying coral and rocky reefs in the South China Sea.Read full article >>
Stretching over 1,400 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems—a massive coral reef off the coast of Australia that has captured imaginations worldwide for generations. Now, you can see the reef from the perspective of one of the many animals that depend on it: the Flatback Sea Turtle. Show More Summary
If left unchecked, global warming will cause irreversible damage to marine life in the world’s oceans, forcing fish to search for cooler waters and destroying valuable coral reefs, an international study said Thursday. Keeping global average temperatures within two degrees Celsius above...
The Great Barrier Reef, the vast coral reef system off the coast of Queensland, Australia faces environmental threat
Researchers in Australia stuck a GoPro camera to the shell of a marine turtle and got an amazing first-turtle view of life in the world's largest coral reef
Date, time & location: 19 August 2015, 4 p.m., Bodega Marine Laboratory Lecture Hall, 2099 Westside Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 Speaker: Rebecca Albright, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Carnegie Institute for Science, Department of Global Ecology, Stanford Host: T. Hill More information. Filed under: Courses and training, Education