The Effects of Coral Bleaching in The Northern Caribbean and Western Atlantic
Contribution to a Book
Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs after Bleaching and Hurricanes in 2005
Clive Wilkinson and David Souter
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- The effects of bleaching and hurricanes on coral reefs in 2005 varied across the region and within countries.
- Some countries experienced intense widespread coral bleaching down to 35 m, while the effects of increased water temperatures were moderate to low in others.
- Coral mortality rates were low on average; most corals recovered quickly when water temperatures dropped.
- Greater human and financial resources are needed to monitor and effectively combat the effects of natural disasters.
- Regular monitoring and analysis of data are essential components of sound management strategies for sustainable environmental management and economic growth.
Originally published as Wilkinson, C., Souter, D. (2008). Status of Caribbean coral reefs after bleaching and hurricanes in 2005. Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Townsville, 152 p. (ISSN 1447 6185)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Coral Reef, Atlantic, Caribbean, Coral Reef Bleaching, Hurricanes
Marine Biology | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
Jones, Loureene; Alcolado, Pedro M.; Cala, Yuself; Cobian, Dorka; Coelho, Vânia R.; Hernandez, Aylem; Jones, Ross; Mallela, Jennie; and Manfrino, Carrie, "The Effects of Coral Bleaching in The Northern Caribbean and Western Atlantic" (2008). Faculty Books. 108.