Special Issue "Climate Change and Human Activities on Coral Reefs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018
Dr. Sander Scheffers
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. They are home to numerous species of marine life and offer many benefits to both natural ecosystems and to us humans. Coral reefs are economically very important to coastal countries through tourism, fishing, aquaculture, and new drugs (e.g. Hoegh-Guldberg 1999). Additionally, they provide the only working natural coastal protection against extreme wave events. However, coral reefs are experiencing massive mortality globally. Initially, some thought that threats to coral reefs were locally based such as eutrophication and tourism, but we now know that problems are much farther reaching. Rising global temperatures, and the “evil twin” ocean acidification, are all affecting coral reef ecosystems negatively. The recent catastrophic bleaching events on the GBR is of much concern to scientists, tourism operators and the general public. Such events are a major contributor to ongoing coral loss on reefs globally, thereby jeopardising productivity and biodiversity of these important marine ecosystems. There is much debate if climate change alone, or conjoining factors such as local overfishing, eutrophication or tourism impact are to blame. While climate change is arguably the most extensively studied impact lately, there remain considerable gaps in our knowledge of confounding effects of other local impacts. This Special Issue provides a platform to highlight new research and significant advances in understanding all human impacts on coral reefs and possible solutions to remedy such impacts.Dr. Sander Scheffers
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- Coral reefs
- Human impact
- Climate Change