Coral Stress Map Aims To Assist Reef Preservation

In an attempt to conserve some of the world’s most important coral reefs, marine researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups have formulated a detailed map of the world’s corals and their exposure to various stress factors.

Using a mass of publicly available data from satellites, and a branch of mathematics known as fuzzy logic, factors including high temperatures, ultra-violet radiation, weather systems, sedimentation, as well as stress-reducing factors such as temperature variability and tidal dynamics were all analysed with the aim of identifying ecosystems where management has the best chance of success.

“Coral reefs around the globe are under pressure from a variety of factors such as higher temperatures, sedimentation, and human-related activities such as fishing and coastal development,” said Joseph M. Maina, WCS conservationist and lead author on the study. “The key to effectively identifying where conservation efforts are most likely to succeed is finding reefs where high biodiversity and low stress intersect.”

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