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Predator Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) Outbreak, Mass Mortality of Corals, and Cascading Effects on Reef Fish and Benthic Communities
This study elucidates the processes involved in an Acanthaster outbreak and shows how sessile benthic communities and resident coral-feeding fish assemblages were subsequently affected by the decline of corals.
Evidence of social communities in a spatially structured network of a free-ranging shark species
Monitoring of Coral Reefs Using Artificial Intelligence: A Feasible and Cost-Effective Approach
- M. González-Rivero, Oscar Beijbom, O. Hoegh‐Guldberg
- Environmental ScienceRemote. Sens.
- 1 February 2020
Repeated surveys and comparisons show that automated estimation of benthic composition is equally robust in detecting change and ensuring the continuity of existing monitoring data, and can be accelerated by at least 200x and at a fraction of the cost.
Crown-of-thorns starfish undermine the resilience of coral populations on the Great Barrier Reef
Reduction of coral predation through control of CoTS could substantially reduce the severity of disturbances along the GBR and promote greater resilience, and thereby recovery, of coral populations.
Understanding Uncertainties in Non-Linear Population Trajectories: A Bayesian Semi-Parametric Hierarchical Approach to Large-Scale Surveys of Coral Cover
- J. Vercelloni, M. Caley, Mohsen Kayal, S. Low-Choy, K. Mengersen
- Environmental SciencePloS one
- 3 November 2014
A Bayesian semi-parametric hierarchical model is presented that can unlock value contained in large-scale datasets, provide guidance for understanding sources of uncertainty, and support better informed decision making in species management.
Using virtual reality to estimate aesthetic values of coral reefs
A novel framework used to quantify features of coral-reef aesthetics based on people's perceptions of beauty is developed and implemented, providing a generic tool to help identify indicators of aesthetic value applicable to a wide variety of natural systems.
Recovery of coral assemblages despite acute and recurrent disturbances on a South Central Pacific reef
This study establishes a new benchmark for the capacity of certain benthic reef communities to sustain and recover their coral cover from repeated, intense disturbances.
Forecasting intensifying disturbance effects on coral reefs
Anticipating future changes of an ecosystem's dynamics requires knowledge of how its key communities respond to current environmental regimes. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is under threat, with rapid…
Searching for the best bet in life-strategy: A quantitative approach to individual performance and population dynamics in reef-building corals
Coral Reef Community Changes in Karimunjawa National Park, Indonesia: Assessing the Efficacy of Management in the Face of Local and Global Stressors
Karimunjawa National Park is one of Indonesia’s oldest established marine parks. Coral reefs across the park are being impacted by fishing, tourism and declining water quality (local stressors), as…