Vulnerability of Corals to Seawater Warming

Vivekanandan, E and Hussain Ali, M and Rajagopalan, M (2009) Vulnerability of Corals to Seawater Warming. In: Global Climate Change and Indian Agriculture. Aggarwal, P K,(ed.) Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, pp. 97-100.



Coral reefs are the most diverse marine habitat, which support an estimated 1 million species globally. They are highly sensitive to climatic influences and are among the most sensitive of all ecosystems to temperature changes, exhibiting the phenomenon known as coral bleaching when stressed by higher than normal sea temperatures. Reef-building corals are highly dependent on a symbiotic relationship with microscopic algae (type of dinoflagellate known as zooxanthellae), which live within the coral tissues.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Vulnerability; Corals; Seawater Warming
Subjects:Oceanography > Seawater study
Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs > Vulnerability
Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
Marine Environment > Climate change
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:8437
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:10 May 2011 11:46
Last Modified:10 May 2011 11:46

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