Coasts drown as coral reefs collapse under warming and acidification

3 Dec 2020
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Reefs will struggle to keep up with the current trajectory of warming and ocean acidification. Photo: Kristen Brown.

A new study shows the coastal protection coral reefs currently provide will start eroding by the end of the century, as the world continues to warm and the oceans acidify.

A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Sophie Dove from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Queensland investigated the ability of coral reef ecosystems to retain deposits of calcium carbonate under current projections of warming and ocean acidification.

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