Rising to the challenge of sustaining coral reef resilience

Hughes, Terry P., Graham, Nicholas A.J., Jackson, Jeremy B.C., Mumby, Peter J., and Steneck, Robert S. (2010) Rising to the challenge of sustaining coral reef resilience. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 25 (11). pp. 633-642.

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Abstract

Phase-shifts from one persistent assemblage of species to another have become increasingly commonplace on coral reefs and in many other ecosystems due to escalating human impacts. Coral reef science, monitoring and global assessments have focused mainly on producing detailed descriptions of reef decline, and continue to pay insufficient attention to the underlying processes causing degradation. A more productive way forward is to harness new theoretical insights and empirical information on why some reefs degrade and others do not. Learning how to avoid undesirable phase-shifts, and how to reverse them when they occur, requires an urgent reform of scientific approaches, policies, governance structures and coral reef management.

Item ID: 12132
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 01:40
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 100%
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