Seascape patterns and dynamics of coral reefs

Hughes, Terry P. (2009) Seascape patterns and dynamics of coral reefs. In: Levin, Simon A., (ed.) The Princeton Guide to Ecology. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, pp. 482-487.

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Coral reef ecosystems exhibit complex dynamics driven by multiple, interacting processes that operate across a range of scales, from local to global and from days to millions of years. Many reefs have been degraded by human action in recent decades, reducing their capacity to absorb recurrent natural and unnatural disturbances. Rebuilding and sustaining the resilience of coral reefs will depend on interventions that are based on an improved understanding of multiscale processes. The current emphasis on conservation of biodiversity hot spots and on establishing networks of no-take areas does not adequately recognize the functional role of key species groups and the critical seascape connections between protected and unprotected reefs.

Item ID: 11009
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-691-12839-9
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 01:11
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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