Topic / Outline: The Susceptibility of Corals to Human Activities

A class picture at Poas Volcano in Costa Rica, 1997.

This discussion topic submitted by Brian Kelly ( kellybp@miamioh.edu) at 2:45 PM on 3/29/02. Additions were last made on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

"The Susceptibility of Corals to Human Activities"

I am planning to piece together information that details the problems that Caribbean coral reefs are experiencing. I plan to provide background info on corals that helps explain their biology, ecosystem functions, and sensitivity to environmental change. I’ll include information on the plight of corals worldwide. The principle focus of this project will be on anthropogenic activities that damage these diverse reef systems.

Sources:

http://studentresearch.wcp.miamioh.edu/CORALREEFS/CoralBleachingRecovery.pdf
Article focuses on coral bleaching and relies on current data for analysis of problem. Presents much statistical analysis.

http://studentresearch.wcp.miamioh.edu/ClimateChangePrediction/coraldamageindex.pdf
Article pertains to diver-related damages to corals in the Red Sea

http://studentresearch.wcp.miamioh.edu/CORALREEFS/DisturbanceRecoveryCoral.pdf
This article highlighted a study of corals worldwide, and concluded that there was no evidence of recovery in W Atlantic coral once it was damaged.

http://www.uvi.edu/coral.reefer/threats.htm
Article discusses damages to coral reefs from human and other natural sources.

http://www.ecoreefs.com/damage.shtml
Damage to corals due to blast fishing.


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