New Data on Coral Reef Systems Bolster Conservation Efforts
August 12, 2011 | Publication | Conservation & Sustainable Development

This report studies the exposure of the world’s corals to stress factors – including high temperatures, ultra-violet radiation, weather systems, sedimentation, as well as stress-reducing factors such as temperature variability and tidal dynamics – and identifies areas where exposure depends on factors that can be locally managed.

The report found that despite radiation stress being the most dominant stressor, the exposure of coral reefs could be reduced by locally managing chronic human impacts that act to reinforce radiation stress, and that future research and management efforts should focus on incorporating the factors that mitigate the effect of coral stressors until long-term carbon reductions are achieved through global negotiations.