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Coral Reefs at the Crossroads

  • First single volume in 35 years examining reefs from a wide variety of perspectives
  • Brings together coral reef experts that cross over disciplinary boundaries
  • Provides a jumping-off point to examine coral reefs – sitting at both a disciplinary and a temporal crossroads
  • Topics include coral calcification, ocean acidification, photosymbiosis, bioerosion, reef accretion, physical and biological drivers, changes in coral reefs and more

Series: Coral Reefs of the World (Springer) Volume: 6

By: Dennis K Hubbard (Editor), Caroline S Rogers (Editor), Jere H Lipps (Editor), George D Stanley, Jr. (Editor)

300 pages, 68 colour & 43 b/w photos and illustrations, 74 tables


Hardback | Aug 2016 | #227927 | ISBN-13: 9789401775656
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NHBS Price: £112.00 $139/€130 approx

About this book

In Coral Reefs at the Crossroads, contributors from diverse backgrounds take a first step toward an integrated view of reefs and the significance of their recent decline. More than any other earth system, coral reefs sit at a disciplinary crossroads. Most recently, they have reached another crossroads – fundamental changes in their bio-physical structure greater than those of previous centuries or even millennia. Effective strategies to mitigate recent trends will require an approach that embraces the myriad perspectives from across the scientific landscape, but will also need a mechanism to transform scientific understanding into social will and political implementation.


1. Coral reefs at the Crossroads
2. Coral Calcification and Ocean Acidification
3. Photosymbiosis in Past and Present Reefs
4. Bioerosion on Modern Reefs: Impacts and Responses Under Changing Ecological and Environmental Conditions
5. Sponge Contributions to the Geology and Biology of Reefs: Past, Present, and Future
6. The Changing Face of Reef Building
7. Stability of Reef-Coral Assemblages in the Quaternary
8. Reefs Through Time: An Evolutionary View
9. Climate Change, Ocean Chemistry, and the Evolution of Reefs through Time
10. Living and Mineral Reefs: Are They Comparable and What Ecological Information is Preserved?
11. Physical and Biological Drivers of Coral-Reef Dynamics
12. Measuring, Interpreting, and Responding To Changes in Coral Reefs: A Challenge for Biologists, Geologists and Managers

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