DOINews: New Study Looks at Coral Reef Monitoring Protocols

Last edited 4/26/2016

A new paper in Coral Reefs, titled "Calcification rates of the massive coral Siderastrea siderea and crustose coralline algae along the Florida Keys (USA) outer-reef tract", by lead author and SE Climate Science Center funded researcher, Ilsa Kuffner, posts results from a study exploring the systematic measurements of calcification of the coral, Siderastrea siderea. Systematic measurement of coral calcification is important for quantifying potential impacts from ocean acidification, warming, and/or deteriorating water quality on corals. Additionally, ocean acidification is occurring against a background of increases in sea surface temperature (SST) and changes in water quality stemming from land-use change. It is critical to start measuring calcification rates in a systematic way now, particularly at subtropical latitudes where conditions fluctuate seasonally, so that we can understand how changing ocean chemistry and temperatures are affecting calcifying organisms today and predict possible changes in the future.

This research was supported by the Southeast Climate Science Center as a part of the project "Impact of Ocean Warming and Acidification on Growth of Reef-building Corals".