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Article from the April 2012 edition
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg discussing the synergistic effects of various climate change impacts on coral reefs.
Assessing the vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change
Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, and Jane Thomas recently attended a Great Barrier Reef Foundation workshop to develop a synthetic publication that charts the vision for assessing the vulnerability to climate change. There are major climate impacts already being manifested, including sea surface temperature-induced coral bleaching, coral skeletal degradation due to ocean acidification, and relative sea level rise leading to inundation of mangroves. The development of a climate vulnerability index would provide a probability-based assessment of the likelihood of damage due to climate. This index is designed to complement the Great Barrier Reef report card.

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