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Can coral reef islands survive sea level rise?

Sea-level rise will expose coastal communities around the world to increasingly destructive coastal erosion and flooding. This is especially true for coral reef islands, which are low elevation accumulations of loose sand and gravel that have become populated throughout the tropics. For atoll nations like... click to read more

  • Eddie Beetham | Coastal scientist at Tonkin and Taylor International Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gerd Masselink | Professor of Coastal Geomorphology at School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Paul Kench | Professor of Earth Science at Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
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published on Dec 21, 2020
Life after death? Fossil survival strategy rediscovered in living corals

Water warming is killing corals, but not only in tropical seas as most people know. In temperate seas like the Mediterranean summer heatwaves are causing mass mortalities in many marine organisms, corals included. The Mediterranean Sea hosts a single reef-builder coral: Cladocora caespitosa. In the past,... click to read more

  • Diego-Kurt Kersting | Juan de la Cierva Researcher at Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia, Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBIO), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Cristina Linares | Associate Professor at Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia, Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBIO), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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published on Jul 2, 2020