Critical research needs for identifying future changes in Gulf coral reef ecosystems

Feary, David A., Burt, John A., Bauman, Andrew G., Al Hazeem, Shaker, Abdel-Moati, Mohamed A., Al-Khalifa, Khalifa A., Anderson, Donald M., Amos, Carl, Baker, Andrew, Bartholomew, Aaron, Bento, Rita, Cavalcante, Geórgenes H., Chen, Chaolun Allen, Coles, Steve L., Dab, Koosha, Fowler, Ashley M., George, David, Grandcourt, Edwin, Hill, Ross, John, David M., Jones, David A., Keshavmurthy, Shashank, Mahmoud, Huda, Tapeh, Mahdi Moradi Och, Mostafavi, Pargol Ghavam, Naser, Humood, Pichon, Michel, Purkis, Sam, Riegl, Bernhard, Samimi-Namin, Kaveh, Sheppard, Charles, Samiei, Jahangir Vajed, Voolstra, Christian R., and Wiedenmann, Joerg (2013) Critical research needs for identifying future changes in Gulf coral reef ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 72 (2). pp. 406-416.

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Abstract

Expert opinion was assessed to identify current knowledge gaps in determining future changes in Arabian/Persian Gulf (thereafter 'Gulf') coral reefs. Thirty-one participants submitted 71 research questions that were peer-assessed in terms of scientific importance (i.e., filled a knowledge gap and was a research priority) and efficiency in resource use (i.e., was highly feasible and ecologically broad). Ten research questions, in six major research areas, were highly important for both understanding Gulf coral reef ecosystems and also an efficient use of limited research resources. These questions mirrored global evaluations of the importance of understanding and evaluating biodiversity, determining the potential impacts of climate change, the role of anthropogenic impacts in structuring coral reef communities, and economically evaluating coral reef communities. These questions provide guidance for future research on coral reef ecosystems within the Gulf, and enhance the potential for assessment and management of future changes in this globally significant region.

Item ID: 29379
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3363
Keywords: Persian Gulf, Arabian Gulf, coral reefs, expert, assessment, research gap
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 05:26
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0606 Physiology > 060603 Animal Physiology Systems @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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