Gaining insights from past reefs to inform understanding of coral reef response to global climate change

Pandolfi, John M. and Kiessling, Wolfgang (2014) Gaining insights from past reefs to inform understanding of coral reef response to global climate change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 7 52-58. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.020


Author Pandolfi, John M.
Kiessling, Wolfgang
Title Gaining insights from past reefs to inform understanding of coral reef response to global climate change
Journal name Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1877-3435
1877-3443
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.020
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Start page 52
End page 58
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Global climate change is feared to lead to the collapse of living coral reefs, whose component organisms can respond in but three ways: migration, adaptation, and extinction. Because ancient reefs have been exposed to multiple episodes of environmental change, the fossil record provides an important resource for understanding the range of responses of coral reefs to climate change. Reef development has been slowed or stopped repeatedly in the history of life during periods of climate change. Whilst current conditions might be beyond some of the environmental ranges experienced throughout much of earth's history, coral reefs have shown a remarkable resilience to past climate change. Their fate today lies in the interaction between climate change and local anthropogenic stressors that have devastated a large proportion of living reef ecosystems.
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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