Elevated sea surface temperature during May 2010 induces mass bleaching of corals in the Andaman

Krishnan, P and Dam Roy, S and George, Grinson and Srivastava, R C and Anand, A and Murugesan, S and Kaliyamoorthy, M and Vikas, N and Soundararajan, R (2011) Elevated sea surface temperature during May 2010 induces mass bleaching of corals in the Andaman. Current Science, 100 (1). pp. 111-117.

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    Abstract

    Increasing sea surface temperature (SST) and its consequences on marine ecosystems are widely discussed. Andaman Sea witnessed a few bleaching events during 1998, 2002 and 2005. The present study was taken up to assess the extent of bleaching during 2010 in selected reef sites in the Andaman through line intercept transect survey. It was found that the fully bleached corals as a percentage of total coral cover were maximum at Havelock Island (69.49), followed by South Button Island (67.28), Nicolson Island (56.45), Red Skin Island (43.39), North Bay (41.65) and Chidiyatapu (36.54). Branching corals were the worst affected, whereas the massive corals were found to have relatively withstood the elevated SST. The status of reefs and the variability in bleaching with the progression of SST with respect to different coral species are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Bleaching; climate change; coral reefs; sea surface temperature
    Subjects: Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 10:56
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:54
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/9243

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