New map highlights which reefs are salvageable and which ones are doomed

An article published yesterday in the PLoS ONE by Maina and colleagues, Global Gradients of Coral Exposure to Environmental Stresses and Implications for Local Management, investigates the reasons for global coral reef decline.  They found that “despite radiation stress being the most dominant stressor, the exposure of coral reefs could be reduced by locally managing chronic human impacts that act to reinforce radiation stress.” Read full article here

Figure 3 (Maina et al. 2011 PLoS ONE) : Correspondence bi-plots of the oceanic provinces based on the three stress groups (radiation, reducing, and reinforcing) and based on exposure severity class




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