Large geographic variability in the resistance of corals to thermal stress
|Large geographic variability in the resistance of corals to thermal stress
|Year of Publication
|McClanahan TR, Maina JM, Darling ES, Guillaume MM, Muthiga N, D’agata S, Leblond J, Arthur R, Jupiter SD, Wilson S, Mangubhai S, Ussi AM, Humphries AT, Patankar V, Shedrawi G, Julius P, Ndagala J, Grimsditch G
|Global Ecology and Biogeography
Predictions for the future of coral reefs are largely based on thermal exposure and poorly account for potential geographic variation in biological sensitivity to thermal stress. Without accounting for complex sensitivity responses, simple climate exposure models and associated predictions may lead to poor estimates of future coral survival and lead to policies that fail to identify and implement the most appropriate interventions. To begin filling this gap, we evaluated a number of attributes of coral taxa and communities that are predicted to influence coral resistance to thermal stress over a large geographic range.