Theme section on ‘‘Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs’’

Much can change in 4 years. Ocean acidification, defined as the reduction of the pH of the world’s oceans, was ranked 36th of 40 potential threats to the future of coral reefs by reef scientists in 2004 (Kleypas and Eakin 2007). Since then, a substantial body of evidence has emerged showing that ocean acidification may have more profound implications for the future of coral reefs than previously thought (e.g., Orr et al. 2005; Raven et al. 2005; Hoegh-Guldberg et al. 2007), and some researchers now believe that the implications of ocean acidification for many marine species may ultimately be even greater than that of warming temperatures (Harley et al. 2006; Veron 2008a).



Fabricius K. E., 2008. Theme section on “Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs”. Coral Reefs 27:455-457. Article (subscription required).

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