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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 [3]. 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]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.077


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