The adaptation of coral reefs to climate change: is the Red Queen being outpaced?

Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove (2012) The adaptation of coral reefs to climate change: is the Red Queen being outpaced?. Scientia Marina, 76 2: 403-408. doi:10.3989/scimar.03660.29A

Author Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove
Title The adaptation of coral reefs to climate change: is the Red Queen being outpaced?
Translated title La adaptación de los arrecifes de coral al cambio climático: ¿está siendo superada la reina Roja?
Language of Title eng
Journal name Scientia Marina   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0214-8358
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3989/scimar.03660.29A
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 76
Issue 2
Start page 403
End page 408
Total pages 6
Place of publication Madrid, Spain
Publisher Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Coral reefs have enormous value in terms of biodiversity and the ecosystem goods and services that they provide to hundreds of millions of people around the world. These important ecosystems are facing rapidly increasing pressure from climate change, particularly ocean warming and acidification. A centrally important question is whether reef-building corals and the ecosystems they build will be able to acclimate, adapt, or migrate in response to rapid anthropogenic climate change. This issue is explored in the context of the current environmental change, which is largely unprecedented in rate and scale and which are exceeding the capacity of coral reef ecosystems to maintain their contribution to human well-being through evolutionary and ecological processes. On the balance of evidence, the 'Red Queen' (an analogy previously used by evolutionary biologists) is clearly being 'left in the dust' with evolutionary processes that are largely unable to maintain the status quo of coral reef ecosystems under the current high rates of anthropogenic climate change.
Keyword Climate change
Coral reefs
Heat stress
Ocean acidification
Community change
Red queen
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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