Vulnerability of coral reefs in the tropical Pacific to climate change

Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove, Andréfouët, Serge, Fabricius, Katharina E., Diaz-Pulido, Guillermo, Lough, Janice M., Marshall, Paul A., and Pratchett, Morgan S. (2011) Vulnerability of coral reefs in the tropical Pacific to climate change. In: Bell, Johann D., Johnson, Johanna E., and Hobday, Alistair J., (eds.) Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change. Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia, pp. 251-296.

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Abstract

In this chapter, we assess the vulnerability of the coral reefs that underpin coastal fisheries and aquaculture in the tropical Pacific, by examining the possible effects of climate change on coral communities and other reef-building organisms. Our analysis draws on the projected changes to the surface climate and ocean of the tropical Pacific, described in Chapters 2 and 3, to quantify how coral reefs are likely to be exposed to these effects. The results of that analysis were used in the framework outlined in Chapter 1 to assess the vulnerability of coral reefs in the region under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) B1 and A2 greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. Given the demonstrated potential for local factors to amplify the effects of global climate change on coral reefs, factors operating at a local level are an important aspect of this analysis.

Item ID: 21170
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-982-00-0471-9
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2012 00:51
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 > 960309 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. Social Impacts) @ 100%
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