Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs

2011 Edition
| Editors: David Hopley

Climate Change: Increasing Storm Activity

  • Joshua Madin
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2639-2_57



An increase in the intensity and/or frequency of storms relative to a predefined expectation (e.g., historic yearly average or quantile).


Increasing storm activity is a hypothesized consequence of climate change that results predominantly from warming sea surface temperatures (SST). Significant scientific debate revolves around whether or not the storm activity is increasing and, if so, whether any increases are a consequence of global warming. This debate exists primarily because detecting such trends depends on the temporal and spatial scales examined, the duration and quality of available meteorological records, and the kinds of statistical and mathematical approaches used in analyses. Storms temporarily alter the physical state of coral reefs in a number of direct and indirect ways (see  Tropical Cyclone/Hurricane). Direct examples include...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua Madin
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia