USGS Research Marine Biologist Ilsa B. Kuffner describes the significance of new work on the loss of reef-building capacity in the world's coral reefs for the journal Nature.
"News & Views" article on coral-reef degradation published in Nature
In a "News & Views" article entitled "Sea-level rise could overwhelm coral reefs," she summarizes the work of Perry et al. (2018). published in the same Nature issue, and explains the implications of the group's findings for the management and conservation of the world's coral reef ecosystems. Kuffner describes how Perry et al.'s assessment of the capacity of coral reefs to grow fast enough to keep up with projected rises in sea level finds that most reefs will fall behind if nothing is done to restore them.
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