Projections of Coral Bleaching and Ocean Acidification for Coral Reef Areas
(based on ensembles of IPCC AR5 climate models)
Coral reefs and the services they provide are seriously threatened by ocean acidification and climate change impacts like coral bleaching. Here, updated global projections for these key threats to coral reefs are presented based on ensembles of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) climate models using the new Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) experiments.
All projections presented within van Hooidonk et al. (2013) are shown in a Google Earth file (a kmz file, ~1.2MB) presented on this web page. We encourage all viewers to read the Contents Description found at the 'About this product' page at the top of the file directory structure containing the images (see "My Places" in the left-hand side of the Google Earth interface).
The methods and the names of models used in the projections can be found here.
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Appearing as solitary forms in the fossil record more than 400 million years ago, corals are extremely ancient animals that evolved into modern reef-building forms over the last 25 million years. Continue Reading →
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