To learn all the latest on how climate change is affecting coral reefs take a look at the ‘Marine Climate Change, Impacts & Adaptation Report Card, Australia 2012’
The 2012 Report Card shows how climate change is affecting Australia’s oceans and marine ecosystems. Changes since the 2009 Report Card include evidence of a southward movement of tropical fish and plankton species in southeast Australia, a decline in the abundance of temperate species, and the first signs of the effect of ocean acidification on marine molluscs.
This report has been compiled by more than 80 of Australia’s leading marine scientists from 34 universities and research organisations. It is a comprehensive document covering marine climate and marine biodiversity, broken down into 19 sections as below:
- Ocean Acidification
- Sea Level
- El Nino-Southern Oscillation
- East Australian Current
- Leeuwin Current
- Tidal Wetlands
- Marine Mammals
- Coral Reefs
- Tropical Fish
- Temperate Fish
- Pelagic Fish
- Marine Reptiles
Each section contains information on what is happening and what may happen in the future, and describes the actions underway to prepare and adapt to climate change.
You can either download the entire document as a PDF or browse each subject online.
It looks like at least a couple of week’s reading, once I’ve had the chance to digest the subjects relevant to reefkeeping and the future of the reefs I hope to come back with a few observations on possible implications for the hobby.