First observed severe mass bleaching in Malaysia, Greater Coral Triangle

Tan, C.H., and Heron, S.F (2011) First observed severe mass bleaching in Malaysia, Greater Coral Triangle. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies, 13 (1). pp. 27-28.

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Abstract

[Extract] Malaysia contains approximately 4,000 km2 of reef (Wilkinson 2008) and an estimated 500 hermatypic coral species, which constitutes more than 60% of the worlds described hermatypic coral species (Veron et al. 2009). However, these reefs are exposed to numerous anthropogenic pressures and more than 40% are classified as having a high or very high Integrated Threat Index (Burke et al. 2002). Prior to 2010, severe and widespread coral bleaching had not been observed on Malaysian reefs, including during the 1997/98 global event when bleaching of Malaysian reefs was mild and occurred only in localized patches (Wilkinson 1998; Kushairi 1999).

Item ID: 21867
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
Keywords: reefs, mass coral bleaching, Malaysia, Coral Triangle
ISSN: 1883-3969
Funders: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Wealth, Oceans Flagship , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Australian Department of En vironment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 06:24
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040501 Biological Oceanography @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 40%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960310 Global Effects of Climate Change and Variability (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 20%
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