NIMBioS Study: Warming Could Cause Great Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals

front-nimbiosThe coverage of living corals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef. The study was done by an international team of ecologists at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT. The study aims to project the composition of the future Great Barrier Reef under current and future environmental scenarios, researchers found that in the long term, moderate warming of 1-2 degrees Celsius would result in a high probability of coral cover declining to less than 10 percent, a number thought to be important for maintaining reef growth.

To read more about the research, visit NIMBioS’s website.