Ocean acidification impacts on coral reefs: From sciences to solutions

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March 14, 2019 - 2:48pm
Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 04/2019
Authors: Denis Allemand, David Osborn
Journal title: Regional Studies in Marine Science
Volume: 28
Pages: 100558
ISSN: 23524855

Coral reefs distinctly illustrate the close relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services. They are rich marine ecosystems, hosting extensive biological diversity, and yet that diversity and the ecosystem services provided are among the most endangered because of global changes. By reducing and altering coral reef biodiversity, global changes are endangering the lives of hundreds of millions of people. It was therefore appropriate that the ongoing workshop series ”Bridging the gap between Ocean Acidification and Economic Valuation” dedicated, during the International Year of Coral Reefs, its 4thedition in search of solutions inspired by the most recent data of the Natural, Economic and Social Sciences. This article summarizes the ecological and human importance of coral reefs, the reasons for their sensitivity to global changes, and presents the major conclusions of the workshop as well as policy options

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