Redefining thermal regimes to design reserves for coral reefs in the face of climate change

Chollett, Iliana, Enriquez, Susana and Mumby, Peter J. (2014) Redefining thermal regimes to design reserves for coral reefs in the face of climate change. PLoS One, 9 10: e110634.1-e110634.8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0110634


Author Chollett, Iliana
Enriquez, Susana
Mumby, Peter J.
Title Redefining thermal regimes to design reserves for coral reefs in the face of climate change
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2014-10-21
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0110634
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 10
Start page e110634.1
End page e110634.8
Total pages 8
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Reef managers cannot fight global warming through mitigation at local scale, but they can use information on thermal patterns to plan for reserve networks that maximize the probability of persistence of their reef system. Here we assess previous methods for the design of reserves for climate change and present a new approach to prioritize areas for conservation that leverages the most desirable properties of previous approaches. The new method moves the science of reserve design for climate change a step forwards by: (1) recognizing the role of seasonal acclimation in increasing the limits of environmental tolerance of corals and ameliorating the bleaching response; (2) using the best proxy for acclimatization currently available; (3) including information from several bleaching events, which frequency is likely to increase in the future; (4) assessing relevant variability at country scales, where most management plans are carried out. We demonstrate the method in Honduras, where a reassessment of the marine spatial plan is in progress.
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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