Seeking resistance in coral reef ecosystems: the interplay of biophysical factors and bleaching resistance under a changing climate: the interplay of a reef's biophysical factors can mitigate the coral bleaching response

Page, Charlotte E., Leggat, William, Heron, Scott F., Choukroun, Severine M., Lloyd, Jon, and Ainsworth, Tracy D. (2019) Seeking resistance in coral reef ecosystems: the interplay of biophysical factors and bleaching resistance under a changing climate: the interplay of a reef's biophysical factors can mitigate the coral bleaching response. BioEssays, 41 (7). 1800226.

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Abstract

If we are to ensure the persistence of species in an increasingly warm world, of interest is the identification of drivers that affect the ability of an organism to resist thermal stress. Underpinning any organism's capacity for resistance is a complex interplay between biological and physical factors occurring over multiple scales. Tropical coral reefs are a unique system, in that their function is dependent upon the maintenance of a coral–algal symbiosis that is directly disrupted by increases in water temperature. A number of physical factors have been identified as affecting the biological responses of the coral organism under broadscale thermal anomalies. One such factor is water flow, which is capable of modulating both organismal metabolic functioning and thermal environments. Understanding the physiological and hydrodynamic drivers of organism response to thermal stress improves predictive capabilities and informs targeted management responses, thereby increasing the resilience of reefs into the future.

Item ID: 59755
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-1878
Keywords: biophysical, bleaching, climate change, corals, resistance, stress physiology, water flow
Copyright Information: © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Funders: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: NOAA grant NA14NES4320003, ARC Discovery grant DP180103199
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2019 04:48
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0203 Classical Physics > 020399 Classical Physics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060203 Ecological Physiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961104 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
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