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Coral Triangle Atlas Presents Maps of Regional ChangeInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 09 Sep 2013
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) has released an online GIS database of maps on environmental and economic change in the coastal and marine zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
Clues in coral bleaching mysteryEurekAlert | 06 Sep 2013
Coral reefs are tremendously important for ocean biodiversity. Unfortunately they have been in great decline in recent years, much of it due to the effects of global climate change. One such effect, called bleaching, occurs when the symbiotic algae that are essential for providing nutrients to the coral either lose their identifying photosynthetic pigmentation and their ability to perform photosynthesis or disappear entirely from the coral's tissue.
Wake up and smell the reef: Fish larvae sniff their way back homeEurekAlert | 29 Aug 2013
(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) A new study led by Claire Paris, professor at the University of Miami conducted at One Tree Island in the Great Barrier Reef has established that reef fish larvae can smell the presence of coral reefs from as far as several kilometers offshore, and use this odor to find home. The article appears in PLOS ONE.
Epic ocean voyages of coral larvae revealedEurekAlert | 21 Aug 2013
A computer simulation using University of Miami's Connectivity Modeling System and conducted in collaboration with the University of Bristol has revealed the epic, ocean-spanning journeys traveled by millimeter-sized coral larvae through the world's seas. The model is the first to recreate the oceanic paths along which corals disperse globally, and will eventually aid predictions of how coral reef distributions may shift with climate change.
National sea simulator to offer insights into Great Barrier Reef perilsGuardian Unlimited | 01 Aug 2013
Groundbreaking SeaSim designed to better understand the challenges of the starfish plague and coral bleaching. A groundbreaking new sea simulator will recreate human impacts on marine conditions in a bid to better understand urgent challenges such as the starfish plague and bleaching that has ravaged the Great Barrier Reef.
Caribbean has lost 80% of its coral reef cover in recent yearsGuardian Unlimited | 01 Aug 2013
Comprehensive survey of the Caribbean's reefs is expected to act as a warning of problems besetting the world's coralA major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world's biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by climate change, pollution, overfishing and degradation.
The Line Islands Collection -- Microbial dynamics of coral reef robustness and declineEurekAlert | 17 Jul 2013
Coral reefs face serious threats primarily arising from climate change, unsustainable fishing, and pollution. To better understand the underlying processes, a multidisciplinary series of studies is being conducted by researchers, investigating variability in coral reef community structure and microbial dynamics across gradients of natural and anthropogenic stress.
Study Finds Healthy Corals Harbor Bacterial CommunitiesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 11 Jul 2013
Corals may let certain bacteria get under its skin, according to a new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and soon to be published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Oceans and the Great Barrier Reef - news and resources round upGuardian Unlimited | 23 Jun 2013
The world's most iconic coral reef is under dire threat and the World Heritage Committee has given the Queensland and federal government of Australia just one year to act on its recommendations to save the Great Barrier Reef from joining the Unesco danger list.
UNESCO postpones decision about adding Great Barrier Reef to 'in danger' listABC (Australia) Online | 20 Jun 2013
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has deferred a decision to place the Great Barrier Reef on its "World Heritage in Danger" list. The World Heritage Committee, currently meeting for its annual session in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, has been tasked with determining if the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble.
Submarine springs reveal how coral reefs respond to ocean acidificationEurekAlert | 18 Jun 2013
(University of California - Santa Cruz) Ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels will reduce the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater. The study is the first to show that corals are not able to fully acclimate to low pH conditions in nature.
UN challenges Australia to protect Great Barrier ReefGuardian Unlimited | 18 Jun 2013
The Great Barrier Reef will be listed as a threatened ecosystem by the United Nations from June next year unless the government follows a series of recommendations to protect it, the World Heritage Committee has decided.
Great Barrier Reef on the brink as politicians bickerGuardian Unlimited | 16 Jun 2013
The federal government insists it is striving to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being listed "in danger" ahead of a crunch UN meeting, after rejecting a Senate recommendation to block new port developments near the World Heritage ecosystem.