Predicted Recurrence of Coral Bleaching Events along Lakshadweep Reef Region
Coral bleaching is by far the most damaging event in coral reefs and is currently viewed as a major threat to the long-term health of coral reef communities. Although there are certainly many other factors (fishing, outbreaks of coral diseases and predators, sedimentation and nutrient inputs) (Sebens, 1994; Jackson, 1997; Wilkinson, 1999), coral bleaching is currently viewed as a major agent of change in coral reef communities (Brown, 1997; Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999) and the rise in sea surface temperature causes stress, which leads to the expulsion of symbiotic zooxanthellae by the corals (Jokiel and Coles, 1990).
KeywordsCoral Reef Advance Very High Resolution Radiometer Advance Very High Resolution Radiometer Coral Bleaching Coral Reef Community
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