Long-term impacts of rising sea temperature

For the week of 05 August 2019

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Frontiers in Marine Science published, Long-term impacts of rising sea temperature and sea level on shallow water coral communities over a ~40 year period.

Abstract: Effects of combined rising sea temperature and increasing sea level on coral reefs, both factors associated with global warming, have rarely been addressed. In this ~40 y study of shallow reefs in the eastern Indian Ocean, we show that a rising relative sea level, currently estimated at ~11 mm y−1, has not only promoted coral cover but also has potential to limit damaging effects of thermally-induced bleaching. In 2010 the region experienced the most severe bleaching on record with corals subject to sea temperatures of >31 °C for 7 weeks. While the reef flats studied have a common aspect and are dominated by a similar suite of coral species, there was considerable spatial variation in their bleaching response which corresponded with reef-flat depth. Greatest loss of coral cover and community structure disruption occurred on the shallowest reef flats. Damage was less severe on the deepest reef flat where corals were subject to less aerial exposure, rapid flushing and longer submergence in turbid waters. Recovery of the most damaged sites took only ~8 y. While future trajectories of these resilient reefs will depend on sea-level anomalies, and frequency of extreme bleaching the positive role of rising sea level should not be under-estimated.

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at: abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2019-08-07.

Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team


OA: Brown, B. E. et al. Long-term impacts of rising sea temperature and sea level on shallow water coral communities over a ~40 year period. Scientific Reports 9, (2019).

Ecosystem-based Management (EBM)

OA: Lam, M. E. et al. Value- and ecosystem-based management approach: the Pacific herring fishery conflict. Marine Ecology Progress Series 617-618, 341 - 364 (2019).

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Crozier, L. G. et al. Climate vulnerability assessment for Pacific salmon and steelhead in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. PLOS ONE 14, e0217711 (2019).

OA: Alheit, J. & Peck, M. A. Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources: biology, management and human factors. Marine Ecology Progress Series 617-618, 1 - 6 (2019).

OA: Van Nieuwenhove, A. Hilde M., Ratsimbazafy, H. Andrianava & Kochzius, M. Cryptic diversity and limited connectivity in octopuses: Recommendations for fisheries management. PLOS ONE 14, e0214748 (2019).

OA: Glover, K. A. et al. Domesticated escapees on the run: the second-generation monitoring programme reports the numbers and proportions of farmed Atlantic salmon in >200 Norwegian rivers annually. ICES Journal of Marine Science(2019). doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsy207

OA: Diserud, O. H. et al. Escaped farmed Atlantic salmon in Norwegian rivers during 1989-2013. ICES Journal of Marine Science (2019). doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsy202

Invasive Species

OA: Horricks, R. A., Tabin, S. K., Edwards, J. J., Lumsden, J. S. & Marancik, D. P. Organic ultraviolet filters in nearshore waters and in the invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) in Grenada, West Indies. PLOS ONE 14, e0220280 (2019).

Local or Traditional Knowledge

OA: Chan, M. N., Beaudreau, A. H. & Loring, P. A. Exploring diversity in expert knowledge: variation in local ecological knowledge of Alaskan recreational and subsistence fishers. ICES Journal of Marine Science (2018). doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsy193

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Preprint: Jones, P. J. S. & De Santo, E. M. Viewpoint - Is the race for remote, very large marine protected areas (VLMPAs) taking us down the wrong track? Marine Policy 73, 231 - 234 (2016).

Natural Sciences

OA: Figgener, C., Bernardo, J. & Plotkin, P. T. Beyond trophic morphology: stable isotopes reveal ubiquitous versatility in marine turtle trophic ecology. Biological Reviews (2019). doi:10.1111/brv.12543

Pollution and Marine Debris

Preprint: Stafford, R. & Jones, P. J. S. We should not separate out environmental issues, but the current approach to plastic pollution can be a distraction from meaningful action. A response to Avery-Gomm et al. Marine Policy 107,103585 (2019).

Preprint: Stafford, R. & Jones, P. J. S. Viewpoint - Ocean plastic pollution: A convenient but distracting truth? Marine Policy 103, 187 - 191 (2019).

Social-Ecological Systems and Human Wellbeing

OA: Kim, G. W., Kang, W., Lee, D., Vaswani, R. Teku & Chon, J. . A spatial approach to climate-resilient infrastructure in coastal social-ecological systems: The case of dumbeong in Goseong County, South Korea. Environment International 131,105032 (2019).