Special Issue "Climate Change Studies of Coral Reefs"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Kevin B. Strychar
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Guest Editor
Climate Change Studies of Aquatic & Marine Ecosystems, Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University,131 Lake Michigan Center,740 W. Shoreline Dr., Muskegon, MI 49441-1678, USA
Interests: climate change; aquatic and marine ecology; flow cytometry; invasive species; benthic ecology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce a Special Issue on climate change and coral reefs. Although global climate change has been a natural part of earth’s history, the rate and magnitude at which change is occurring is cause for concern. Even the most conservative mathematical models examining climate suggest a 1.5°C minimum increase to as high as 6°C by the end of the century. However, much of the reporting focuses on terrestrial habitats, fossil fuel combustion, and the greenhouse effect. To better understand climate change, we also need to focus on marine ecosystems and the “canary in the coal mine” – coral reefs. In this Special Issue, we focus on climate change as it relates to shallow, mesophotic, and deep marine systems and coral, which may be the canary in the seas.

Dr. Kevin B. Strychar
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Climate change
  • Global warming
  • Coral reefs
  • Scleractinian coral
  • Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (MCEs)
  • Deep-sea coral
  • Alcyonacean coral
  • Octocorals
  • Symbiosis
  • Apo-symbiosis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: The Effects of Depth-Related Environmental Factors and Source of Collection on Live History Treat in Acropora cervicornis Raised in Nurseries

Authors: Claudia Patricia Ruiz-Diaz*,1, Carlos Toledo-Hernández*,1, Juan Luis Sánchez-González1,3,
Brenda Betancourt


1 Sociedad Ambiente Marino (SAM)
2 Department of Statistic, college of liberal arts and science, University of Florida
3 Department of Biology University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Abstract:  Acropora cervicornis have been declining due to human activities and global-climate-changes.
This prompted the development of strategies such as coral farms, aiming to assuring the long-term
viability of this coral across its range. This study focuses on comprehending how seawater
temperature (ST) and light intensity (LI) affect the survivorship and growth of
A. cervicornis
fragments collected from three reefs and placed in farms at 3, 8, and 12m depths through 11
months. Results show that fragments from shallow farms exhibit higher mortalities, but higher
growth. Growth exhibited highest values during the coldest periods and with lower LI, regardless
of the water depths. Collection sites were also determinant influencing fragment mortality and
growth. Considering the forecasted warming by global-climate-change and recognizing the
sensitivity of
A. cervicornis to these factors, placing the fragments at deeper zones may improve
the overall success of coral farming operations.

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