Special Issue "Climate Change and Coral Reefs Ecosystems"


A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. CHOU Loke Ming
Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore, S2S 18 Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119227, Singapore
E-Mail: dbsclm@nus.edu.sg
Interests: coral reef ecology; reef restoration and conservation; coastal biodiversity; integrated coastal management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Direct human pressure has contributed to widespread degradation of the coral reef ecosystem throughout the tropics. Concern over over-exploitation, physical destruction, pollution and coastal development has in the last two decades expanded to include the vulnerability of coral reefs to the various impacts of climate change. How will reef systems respond to sea level rise, sea surface temperature elevation, extreme weather variables and ocean acidification, and will the response differ between reefs that are already compromised by direct anthropogenic pressure and those that are not? Can the response of reefs to chronic or acute disturbances that simulate climate change impact scenarios provide some indication of resilience? Coral reefs have been affected by two major and extensive sea surface temperature events in 1998 and 2010 with varying impacts in different regions. The effect of lowered pH on coral calcification is gaining interest. Some coral species have shifted to the higher latitudes. Research on how coral reef distribution and community structure will change and how these will affect the livelihoods of coastal populations is important to guide our thinking on protection of the coral reef ecosystem against climate change. Contributions that address the biophysical as well as the socio-economic linkages between coral reefs and climate change are most welcome.

Kindest regards,

Professor CHOU Loke Ming
Guest Editor


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  • climate change impacts
  • coral reef ecosystem
  • reef response to climate change
  • global warming and coral bleaching
  • ocean acidification and coral calcification
  • reef species range shifts
  • reef community structure change
  • reef resilience/vulnerability to climate change
  • impact of climate-influenced reef change on society
  • climate-induced change to reef ecosystem services

Published Papers

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Last update: 21 July 2014

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