Study predicts that climate change will damage reefs at different rates

Gulf of Mexico News

July 22, 2021 - Climate change and acidifying ocean water are likely to have a highly variable impact on the world’s coral reefs, in space, time and diversity, international coral scientists are cautioning.

The picture emerging from studies of past coral extinctions and present impacts on today’s reef systems is complex and subtle and will demand much more sophisticated management to preserve reefs intact, the team of scientists report in a recent paper in the international journal Science.

New research confirms that coral reefs are indeed threatened by climate change, but that some current projections of global-scale collapse of reefs within the next few decades probably overestimate the rapidity and uniformity of the decline, according to the report.

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