Thermal Stress and Coral Cover as Drivers of Coral Disease Outbreaks

@article{Bruno2007ThermalSA,
  title={Thermal Stress and Coral Cover as Drivers of Coral Disease Outbreaks },
  author={John Francis Bruno and Elizabeth R. Selig and Kenneth S. Casey and Cathie A. Page and Bette L Willis and C Drew Harvell and Hugh P A Sweatman and Amy M Melendy},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={5},
  pages={2095 - 2097}
}
Very little is known about how environmental changes such as increasing temperature affect disease dynamics in the ocean, especially at large spatial scales. We asked whether the frequency of warm temperature anomalies is positively related to the frequency of coral disease across 1,500 km of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. We used a new high-resolution satellite dataset of ocean temperature and 6 y of coral disease and coral cover data from annual surveys of 48 reefs to answer this question… CONTINUE READING

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