A Non-Destructive Method for Monitoring Coral Growth Affected by Anthropogenic and Natural Long Term Changes
Abstract:Natural and man-induced changes lead to severe degradation in the viability of aquatic ecosystems. The excessive demands under which coral reef communities are being placed may soon result in the failure and dysfunction of these ecosystems. Such observations have led researchers to draw attention to the urgent need for establishing long-term monitoring programs. It has been suggested that coral growth characteristics can serve as biosensors for environmental variables. We therefore propose an in situ method for recording the growth of transplanted and intact coral colonies. The technique permits a facile, highly reproducible and non-destructive long-term monitoring operation.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 1994
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