Rapid Coral Decay Is Associated with Marine Heatwave Mortality Events on Reefs
Leggat, W; Camp, Emma F.; Suggett, David J.; Heron, Scott F; Fordyce, Alexander J.; Gardner, Stephanie; Deakin, Lachlan; Turner, Michael; Beeching, Levi; Kuzhiumparambil, Unnikrishnan; Eakin, C.Mark; Ainsworth, Tracy D.
Severe marine heatwaves have recently become a common feature of global ocean conditions due to a rapidly changing climate [1, 2]. These increasingly severe thermal conditions are causing an unprecedented increase in the frequency and severity of mortality events in marine ecosystems, including on coral reefs . The degradation of coral reefs will result in the collapse of ecosystem services that sustain over half a billion people globally [4, 5]. Here, we show that marine heatwave events on...[Show more]
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