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Opposing forces of aerosol cooling and El Nino drive coral bleaching on Caribbean reefs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17116861     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bleaching of corals as a result of elevated sea surface temperatures (SST) is rapidly becoming a primary source of stress for reefs globally; the scale and extent of this threat will depend on how the drivers of SST interact to influence bleaching patterns. We demonstrate how the opposing forces of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and levels of atmospheric aerosols drive regional-scale patterns of coral bleaching across the Caribbean. When aerosol levels are low, bleaching is largely determined by El Niño strength, but high aerosol levels mitigate the effects of a severe El Niño. High aerosol levels, resulting principally from recent volcanic activity, have thus protected Caribbean reefs from more frequent widespread bleaching events but cannot be relied on to provide similar protection in the future.
Jennifer A Gill; Andrew R Watkinson; John P McWilliams; Isabelle M Côté
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2006-11-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0027-8424     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-06     Completed Date:  2007-02-01     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18870-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation, Schools of Biological Sciences, and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom.
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Anthozoa / chemistry,  metabolism*
Caribbean Region
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