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Nature Climate Change, August 2013.
Assoc Prof Anthony Richardson, Dr Chris Brown, Prof John Pandolfi and colleagues have conducted the first global analysis of observed climate change impacts on marine life. They found that marine systems are responding faster than those on land, despite slower warming. There is a coherent and significant effect across all ecosystems, latitudes and trophic levels, with 81% of all changes consistent with the expected impacts of climate change. Read more...
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, August 2013.
Managing seagrass environments and understanding and responding to coastal impacts such as floods or cyclones, requires assessment of seagrass distribution and its biophysical properties in time and space. Dr Chris Roelfsema and colleagues present a comparison of data sets and approaches for mapping seagrass extent through time and space at meadow to ecosystem scales.
Current Biology, May 2013.
The feared collapse of coral reef systems can still be avoided with a combination of local and global action, including control of pollution and fishing. Prof Peter Mumby and international colleagues used data from hundreds of studies to develop models of Caribbean reefs and found that local conservation and a low-carbon economy can prevent structural and associated ecosystem services degradation. Read more...
Global Change Biology, May 2013.
Seagrass ecosystems could change significantly over the coming century due to sea level rise. Dr Megan Saunders and colleagues present research suggesting that rapid sea level rise will provide an additional stressor to valuable yet threatened seagrass ecosystems. In Moreton Bay, Southeast Queensland, Australia, a decline of 17% in overall area of seagrass habitat is anticipated based on sea level rise of 1.1 m by 2100.
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The Goodman Foundation has provided generous support to five CMS research groups.
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