Coral Reefs

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 43–48 | Cite as

Revisiting coral reef connectivity

  • S. Andréfouët
  • P. Mumby
  • M. McField
  • C. Hu
  • F. Muller-Karger
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Abstract

A large river plume generated by anomalous precipitation and oceanic circulation associated with Hurricane Mitch was detected off Honduras in October 1998 using SeaWiFS ocean color images. This event provides the background for analyzing connectivity between coral reefs and land in the Meso-American reef system. We discuss the potential implications of such short-term events for disease propagation and nutrification, and their potential significance in evolutionary processes.

SeaWiFS Disease Phase-shift Meso-American reef system Remote sensing River plume 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Andréfouët
    • 1
  • P. Mumby
    • 2
  • M. McField
    • 1
  • C. Hu
    • 1
  • F. Muller-Karger
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, 140 Av. South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701USA
  2. 2.Department of Marine Sciences and Coastal Management, Centre for Tropical Coastal Management Studies, Ridley Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RUUK

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