Evidence of extensive reef development and high coral cover in nearshore environments: implications for understanding coral adaptation in turbid settings

@inproceedings{Morgan2016EvidenceOE,
  title={Evidence of extensive reef development and high coral cover in nearshore environments: implications for understanding coral adaptation in turbid settings},
  author={Kyle M. Morgan and Christopher T. Perry and Scott G. Smithers and Jamie A. Johnson and James J. Daniell},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2016}
}
Mean coral cover has reportedly declined by over 15% during the last 30 years across the central Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Here, we present new data that documents widespread reef development within the more poorly studied turbid nearshore areas (<10 m depth), and show that coral cover on these reefs averages 38% (twice that reported on mid- and outer-shelf reefs). Of the surveyed seafloor area, 11% had distinct reef or coral community cover. Although the survey area represents a small subset… CONTINUE READING
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