Should the pre-1986 coral cover record be used to determine system-wide long-term trends for the Great barrier Reef?

Boer, M., Marchant, R., and Ridd, P. (2014) Should the pre-1986 coral cover record be used to determine system-wide long-term trends for the Great barrier Reef? Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 43 (9). pp. 1626-1649.

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Abstract

Available pre-1986 Great Barrier Reef coral-cover data were re-analysed and results compared with the pre-1986 subsets extracted from earlier studies of Bellwood et al. and from Bruno and Selig. Correlations between the three compilations were low or insignificant, indicating low robustness in the original datasets for determining system-wide coral cover. Thus, trends in GBR coral cover based on the pre-1986 data should not be used.

Item ID: 45011
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: coral cover, Great Barrier Reef, long-term trends, coral decline
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ISSN: 0975-1033
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 01:36
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961104 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments @ 100%
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