21 Aug 2009

Gua meeting discusses reef management

5:23 pm on 21 August 2009

Coral reef managers and scientists from across Micronesia have been meeting in Guam this week to learn about building resilience into reef management and the tools available to address the impacts of climate change.

Corals are vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as increases in temperature and ocean acidification.

The delegates are considering the impact of the 1997-98 El Nino event, when reefs in Palau, the Great Barrier Reef, and other locations experienced coral bleaching due to increased water temperatures.

Some of these reefs recovered and the participants in the Reef Resilience and Climate Change Workshop this week have been looking at what aided this recovery and how to incorporate this into coral reef management.