Chaos in the Pacific's Coral Reef Bleaching Cycle

  title={Chaos in the Pacific's Coral Reef Bleaching Cycle},
  author={Amit Huppert and Linda Stone},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={447 - 459}
There is no simple explanation for the unusual increase in coral reef bleaching events that have been occurring on a global scale over the last 2 decades. Recent studies focusing on this problem reveal that mass bleaching events have a strong periodic component, arising every ˜3–4 yr in step with the El Niño climatic phenomenon. To explore this possibility further, we examine a simple oceanographic‐ecological model designed to simulate the warm and cool phases of the Pacific Ocean cycle and… Expand

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