JCU researcher predicts ocean acidification to devastate the world's corals by 2100

@JCU JCU researcher predicts ocean acidification to devastate the world's corals by 2100

Ocean acidification is predicted to devastate the corals of the world by 2100.

New research at JCU shows that there are good news and bad news.

The good news is that some corals can adapt to it, and indeed they have adapted to it in Palau's Nikko Bay.

The bad news is that it probably took them 150 years to adapt - and we don't have that time to wait!

See the paper "Long-term isolation and local adaptation in Palau’s Nikko Bay help corals thrive in acidic waters" in Coral Reefs co-authored by JCU Professor Eric Wolanski in TropWATER, with Yimnang Golbuu, Marine Gouezo Krause and Lincoln Rehm at the Palau International Coral Reef Center-PICRC (http://picrc.org/picrc/) and Haruko Kurihara at the University of the Ryukyus. This paper has just been published online.

To view the paper: 

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-016-1457-5

Prof. Eric Wolanski, FTSE

https://research.jcu.edu.au/portfolio/eric.wolanski