Coral reef diseases in the Atlantic-Caribbean

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Edited by: Zvy Dubinsky and Noga Stambler

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Abstract

Coral reefs are the jewels of the tropical oceans. They boast the highest diversity of all marine ecosystems, aid in the development and protection of other important, productive coastal marine communities, and have provided millions of people with food, building materials, protection from storms, recreation and social stability over thousands of years, and more recently, income, active pharmacological compounds and other benefits. These communities have been deteriorating rapidly in recent times. The continuous emergence of coral reef diseases and increase in bleaching events caused in part by high water temperatures among other factors underscore the need for intensive assessments of their ecological status and causes and their impact on coral reefs.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Coral reef diseases in the Atlantic-Caribbean
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4_27
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Southeast Ecological Science Center
Description 27 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Coral reefs: an ecosystem in transition
First page 465
Last page 492
Other Geospatial Atlantic-Caribbean
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N