Reef Biology and Geology - Not Just a Matter of Scale

Title:
Reef Biology and Geology - Not Just a Matter of Scale
Authors:
Hubbard, Dennis K.
Abstract:
The geological distribution and developmental history of coral reefs have been largely controlled by physical factors such as plate tectonics, sea-level changes, wave energy, salinity, light, temperature, nutrients, sediment, and antecedent topography. Although the geological and biological patterns have generally been consistent over the past 12,000 years, sub-millennial intervals of variation remind us that long-term patterns provide only part of the picture. Looking forward, changes in seawater temperature, storm intensity, aragonite saturation state and pH may bring a major shift in the balance between carbonate production, destruction and export. While rising sea level alone will probably not significantly change reef communities or over-top low reef islands, even small increases of water depth will have disproportionate effects on the wave energy passing over the reef crest. Moreover, the impacts of increasing storminess will rival declining coral cover as a major control over the carbonate budget of coral reefs in the coming century. Understanding what is to come will require a perspective that is impossible from any single discipline.
Citation:
Hubbard, Dennis K. "Reef Biology and Geology–Not Just a Matter of Scale." In Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene, edited by Charles Birkeland, 43-66. Houten: Springer Netherlands, 2015.
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
DATE ISSUED:
2015
Department:
Geology
Type:
Book chapter
Additional Links:
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-017-7249-5_3#page-1
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/595712

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dc.contributor.authorHubbard, Dennis K.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-05T14:17:28Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-05T14:17:28Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationHubbard, Dennis K. "Reef Biology and Geology–Not Just a Matter of Scale." In Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene, edited by Charles Birkeland, 43-66. Houten: Springer Netherlands, 2015.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/595712en
dc.description.abstractThe geological distribution and developmental history of coral reefs have been largely controlled by physical factors such as plate tectonics, sea-level changes, wave energy, salinity, light, temperature, nutrients, sediment, and antecedent topography. Although the geological and biological patterns have generally been consistent over the past 12,000 years, sub-millennial intervals of variation remind us that long-term patterns provide only part of the picture. Looking forward, changes in seawater temperature, storm intensity, aragonite saturation state and pH may bring a major shift in the balance between carbonate production, destruction and export. While rising sea level alone will probably not significantly change reef communities or over-top low reef islands, even small increases of water depth will have disproportionate effects on the wave energy passing over the reef crest. Moreover, the impacts of increasing storminess will rival declining coral cover as a major control over the carbonate budget of coral reefs in the coming century. Understanding what is to come will require a perspective that is impossible from any single discipline.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlandsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-017-7249-5_3#page-1en
dc.subject.departmentGeologyen_US
dc.titleReef Biology and Geology - Not Just a Matter of Scaleen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.subject.keywordCarbonate budgeten_US
dc.subject.keywordDevelopmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordHoloceneen_US
dc.subject.keywordAccretionen_US
dc.subject.keywordZonationen_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-94-017-7248-8en
dc.identifier.startpage43en_US
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