NOT SO GREEN  |  Coral, Sea Levels, get with the Agenda !

By steven d keeler | Apr 18, 2017
Source: Dhaka Tribune / Coral Restoration Foundation

 

Coral mortality induced by the 2015–2016 El-Niño in Indonesia: the effect of rapid sea level fall

The 2015–2016 El-Niño and related ocean warming has generated significant coral bleaching and mortality worldwide. In Indonesia, the first signs of bleaching were reported in April 2016. However, this El Niño has impacted Indonesian coral reefs since 2015 through a different process than temperature-induced bleaching. In September 2015, altimetry data show that sea level was at its lowest in the past 12 years, affecting corals living in the bathymetric range exposed to unusual emersion.


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