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Geological approaches to coral reef ecology

Coral reefs around the world are sustaining massive damage at an alarming rate. Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology provides a uniquely historical perspective on the destruction--through both natural and human processes--of coral reef ecosystems. Chapters applying the principles of geophysics, paleontology, geochemistry, and physical and chemical oceanography supply novel insights into the workings of coral reefs, complementing real-time ecological studies and providing critical information for crafting realistic environmental policy. By reconstructing the ecological history of coral reefs, the authors are able to evaluate whether or not recent, dramatic changes to reef ecosystems are novel events or part of a long-term trend or cycle. The contributions examine the interacting causes of change, which include hurricane damage, regional outbreaks of coral-consuming predators, disease epidemics, sea-level rise, nutrient loading, global warming and acidification of the oceans. Crucial predictions about the future of coral reefs lead to practical strategies for the successful restoration and management of reef ecosystems. Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology will be of particular interest to students and professionals in ecology and marine biology, including environmental managers. About the Editor: Richard B. Aronson is Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, Alabama and Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA
eBook, English, ©2007
Springer, New York, NY, ©2007
Springer e-books
1 online resource (xxii, 439 pages) : illustrations, maps
9780387335377, 9780387335384, 9786610804634, 0387335374, 0387335382, 661080463X
The changing fate of coral reefs : lessons from the deep past / Rachel Wood
Taphonomy : detecting critical events in fossil reef-coral assemblages / Benjamin J. Greenstein
Biotic turnover events on coral reefs : a probabilistic approach / Richard B. Aronson and Stephen P. Ellner
Inferring past outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns seastar from scar patterns on coral heads / Lyndon M. DeVantier and Terence J. Done
Influence of terrigenous runoff on offshore coral reefs : an example from the Flower Garden Banks, Gulf of Mexico / Kenneth J.P. Deslarzes and Alexis Lugo-Fernández
Fidelity of annual growth in Montastraea faveolata and the recentness of coral bleaching in Florida / Robert B. Halley and J. Harold Hudson
Demise, regeneration, and survival of some western Atlantic reefs during the Holocene Transgression / Ian G. Macintyre
Broad-scale patterns in Pleistocene coral reef communities from the Caribbean : implications for ecology and management / John M. Pandolfi and Jeremy B.C. Jackson
Ecological shifts along the Florida reef tract : the past as a key to the future / William F. Precht and Steven L. Miller
Extreme climatic events and coral reefs : how much short-term threat from global change? / Bernhard Riegl
Responses of coral reefs to El Niño-Southern Oscillation sea-warming events / Gerard M. Wellington and Peter W. Glynn
Constraints on predicting coral reef response to climate change / Joan A. Kleypas