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Coral Reefs Under Rapid Climate Change and Ocean Acidification
As the International Year of the Reef 2008 begins, scaled-up management intervention and decisive action on global emissions are required if the loss of coral-dominated ecosystems is to be avoided. Expand
The IPBES Conceptual Framework - connecting nature and people
The first public product of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is its Conceptual Framework. This conceptual and analytical tool, presented here in detail,… Expand
Mangroves enhance the biomass of coral reef fish communities in the Caribbean
It is shown that mangroves are unexpectedly important, serving as an intermediate nursery habitat that may increase the survivorship of young fish in reef fish population dynamics. Expand
Fishing, Trophic Cascades, and the Process of Grazing on Coral Reefs
Increase in density of large parrotfishes caused a fourfold reduction in the cover of macroalgae, which highlights the potential importance of reserves for coral reef resilience. Expand
Thresholds and the resilience of Caribbean coral reefs
It is shown that Caribbean reefs became susceptible to alternative stable states once the urchin mortality event of 1983 confined the majority of grazing to parrotfishes, and critical thresholds of grazing and coral cover beyond which resilience is lost are defined. Expand
Rising to the challenge of sustaining coral reef resilience.
- T. Hughes, N. Graham, J. Jackson, P. Mumby, R. Steneck
- Geography, Medicine
- Trends in ecology & evolution
- 1 November 2010
Learning how to avoid undesirable phase-shifts, and how to reverse them when they occur, requires an urgent reform of scientific approaches, policies, governance structures and coral reef management. Expand
The impact of exploiting grazers (Scaridae) on the dynamics of Caribbean coral reefs.
- P. Mumby
- Medicine, Environmental Science
- Ecological applications : a publication of the…
- 1 April 2006
A spatially explicit simulation model of a Caribbean coral reef is used to examine the ecosystem requirements for grazing which is primarily conducted by parrotfishes (Scaridae) and suggests that failure to manage scarid populations outside reserves will have a profoundly negative impact on the functioning of the reserve system and status of non-reserve reefs. Expand
Mapping marine environments with IKONOS imagery: enhanced spatial resolution can deliver greater thematic accuracy
The IKONOS 2 satellite was launched in late 1999 and carries the first commercial multispectral instrument to achieve 4 m spatial resolution. The cost and accuracy of using IKONOS imagery to map… Expand
Technical note: Simple and robust removal of sun glint for mapping shallow‐water benthos
A revised version of the Hochberg et al. method for the removal of ‘sun glint’ from remotely sensed images by utilization of the brightness in a near‐infrared (NIR) band is presented, which is more robust, does not require masking and can be implemented very simply. Expand
Coral reef management and conservation in light of rapidly evolving ecological paradigms.
It is concluded that both science and management are currently failing to address the management of extractive activities and ecological processes that drive ecosystems (e.g. productivity and herbivory). Expand