The impacts of climate change on coral reefs

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The link between the skeleton of reef-building corals and past climatic ocean conditions

Scleractinian corals and reef formation Coral reefs’ structures are built thanks to the skeleton of Scleractinian corals. These corals begin their life cycle as motile…

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News from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

A study conducted by Professor Terry Hughes on 1036 reefs in March 2020 brings sad news. Indeed, massive bleaching is once again hitting Australia’s Great…

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Bleaching of coral reefs : death sentence or scope for adaptation?

Symbiosis and coral bleaching description A symbiosis (a beneficial association between two organisms) often exists between corals and dinoflagellate microalgae (symbionts). This symbiosis is known…

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A dynamic symbiosis adapting to changes – when nature resists upheaval

Symbiosis is a fascinating biological principle, showing the interdependence of living beings between them. In the face of climate change, these relationships are being altered…

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The resilience of some coral reefs to global warming

Coral bleaching The sea surface temperature has increased by 0.1 ° C per decade over the last century (Levitus et al., 2005, IPCC 2013). The…

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The IPCC recommends coral restoration

Rising ocean temperatures Oceans take up 71% of the surface of the Earth. They are essential to climate regulation because of their exchange with the…

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Climate change as experienced by corals

  Reef bleaching / Photography at the discretion of XL Catlin Seaview Survey   Coral reefs are home to a remarkable biodiversity and are under…

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Coral reef recruitment on the Great Barrier Reef affected by global warming

During the last global bleaching event (2014-2017), portrayed as the most spectacular in terms of intensity, duration and extent, the Great Barrier Reef lost more…

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Coral adaptation to climate change

The oceanic heat waves are getting closer and closer together. Over the last two decades, we have had four! Unfortunately, 2016 and 2017 were brutal…

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Coral reef growth affected by sea level rise

Already weakened by local damages (overfishing, pollution, coastal development) and global damages (rising surface water temperatures and acidification of the marine environment), coral reefs face…

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The Great Barrier Reef – Towards an ecological collapse?

Coral reefs are living underwater mosaics that offer us an unparalleled spectacle every dive. Often compared to tropical rainforests due to their exceptional diversity, these…