Impacts of the 2004 Tsunami on Surin Marine National Park, Thailand

Worachananant, S., Carter, R. W. and Hockings, M. T. (2007) Impacts of the 2004 Tsunami on Surin Marine National Park, Thailand. Coastal management, 35 2-3: 399-412. doi:10.1080/08920750601169667

Author Worachananant, S.
Carter, R. W.
Hockings, M. T.
Title Impacts of the 2004 Tsunami on Surin Marine National Park, Thailand
Journal name Coastal management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0421
Publication date 2007-01-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08920750601169667
Open Access Status
Volume 35
Issue 2-3
Start page 399
End page 412
Total pages 14
Editor D. L. Fluharty
Place of publication Philadelphia, U.S.
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject C1
300801 Environmental Management and Rehabilitation
770307 Marine protected areas
Abstract The impacts of the tsunami in 2004 on the reefs in Surin Marine National Park, Thailand, varied with the location and exposure of the reefs. Channel areas between islands were severely damaged. Areas with steep reef slopes were damaged by sand slides or coral collapse more than areas with low slopes. Massive, sub-massive, and encrusting corals were more resistant and resilient to the direct impact of the tsunami than branching, tabulate, and foliose life forms whereas the latter were more tolerant of temporary coverage by sand. Sub-massive corals were the most tolerant overall and survived sand coverage, breakage, and overturning. Live coral cover measured three months after the tsunami was significantly greater than immediately post-tsunami as broken, moved, or sand-covered corals, recorded as impacted in the initial survey, had survived and were regenerating. Low turbidity, lack of pollution, and mild currents possibly contributed to rapid recovery and limited long-term effects of the tsunami. Impact assessment shortly after a major disturbance may give an initial measure of damage but subsequent surveys must be undertaken to identify long-term effects. Understanding patterns of reef damage can help to formulate reef zoning and protection strategies in response to catastrophic events, but also in advance of such events to improve likely resilience of the marine park to disturbance.
Keyword Environmental Sciences
Coral reef
Environmental impact
Management response
Surin Marine National Park
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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