Recurrent storm disturbance and recovery: a long-term study of coral communities in Hawaii

  title={Recurrent storm disturbance and recovery: a long-term study of coral communities in Hawaii},
  author={Steven J. Dollar and Gordon W. Tribble},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Damage caused by catastrophic storm waves and subsequent recovery was investigated with a series of 15 line transects on a reef off the west coast of Hawaii over a 20-year period (1973–1993). At the initiation of the study, four zones existed across the reef, each defined by a different dominant coral species. An intermediate intensity storm in 1974 caused a decrease in coral cover from 52% to 46% of bottom cover, while breakage and transport of fragments extended the depth of peak coral cover… CONTINUE READING
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