Coral Reefs of the Gulf: Adaptation to Climatic Extremes is a complete review and reference for scientists, engineers and students concerned with the geology, biology or engineering aspects of coral reefs in the Middle East. It provides for the first time a complete review of both the geology and biology of all extant coral areas in the Gulf, the water body between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. In summer, this area is the hottest sea with abundant coral growth on earth and already today exhibits a temperature that is predicted to occur across the topical ocean in 2100. Thus, by studying the Gulf today, much can be learned about tomorrow's world and the capability of coral reefs to adapt to climatic extremes. Coral Reefs of the Gulf provides the most authoritative and up-to-date review of the coral reefs in the Gulf. It can be used as a volume of general reference or as a textbook treating recent coral reefs.
Written by local and international experts, the text is richly illustrated and will remain a standard reference for the region for decades to come. Contributions stretch from climatology through geology, biology, ecological modelling and fisheries science to practical conservation aspects. Coral Reefs of the Gulf is useful for the technical expert and casual reader alike.
1. Coral reefs of the Gulf: Adaptation to climatic extremes in the world's hottest sea
2. Environmental constraints for reef building in the Gulf
3. Geomorphology and Reef Building in the SE Gulf
4. Environmental Setting and Temporal Trends in Southeastern Gulf Coral Communities
5. Dynamics of Gulf coral communities: observations and models from the world's hottest coral sea
6. Coral bleaching and mortality thresholds in the SE Gulf: highest in the world
7. Diseases, harmful algae blooms (HABs) and their effects on Gulf coral populations and communities
8. Reef Fish and Fisheries in the Gulf
9. Extreme physical factors and the structure of Gulf fish and reef communities
10. Man-made structures as artificial reefs in the Gulf
11. The hermatypic scleractinian (hard) coral fauna of the Gulf
12. The octocoral fauna of the Gulf
13. Reef-associated macroinvertebrates of the SE Gulf
14. Marine algae (Seaweeds) associated with coral reefs in the Gulf
15. Conservation of Marine Ecosystems with a Special View to Coral Reefs in the Gulf
16. Environmental concerns for the future of Gulf coral reefs
"Coral Reefs of the Gulf provides an important baseline on reef geomorphology and ecosystems in an area under pressure from various developments (oil, gas and resorts). [...] this book is an excellent ambassador for monitoring and protecting these important natural ecosystems."
– M. James C. Crabbe, The Biologist, Vol. 59 (5), December, 2012