Synergistic interactions between stressors to coral reefs (session at the 15th Ocean Sciences Meeting, February 2010)

Session on Synergistic interactions between stressors to coral reefs at the 15th Ocean Sciences Meeting, which will be held 22-26 February, 2010, in Portland, Oregon. The theme of this meeting is, From Observation to Prediction in the 21st Century?. Please visit the conference website for more information.

Aim and Scope of this Session, IT04:

Over the past few decades coral reefs worldwide have degraded due to both natural and anthropogenic environmental factors. Natural variability in the ocean-atmosphere system (El Nino events, North Atlantic Oscillation) can cause large-scale changes in storm tracks, sea-surface height, water temperatures and rainfall. Recent IPCC projections suggest changes in air and sea surface temperature, precipitation, CO2, pH, and sea level all will significantly impact coral reef ecosystems. At the same time, human activities in the coastal zone (e.g. livestock grazing and coastal development) have increased the delivery of sediment, nutrients, and contaminants to coral reef ecosystems. Assessing how these ecosystems function and identifying the synergistic effects of local versus global stressors will help us to better manage them as a resource. This session focuses on advancements in understanding the natural environmental controls on coral reefs and how these processes have interacted with anthropogenic stressors to impact these fragile ecosystems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the influence of, and interaction between, changes in sea surface temperatures, pH, sea level, storms, waves, floods, sediment, nutrients, and contaminants on coral reefs. Summaries of current regional investigations, site- specific studies, and modeling results are all encouraged.


Curt Storlazzi, United States Geological Survey, Pacific Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA (
Greg Piniak, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Beaufort, NC (
Kim Yates, United States Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center, St. Petersburg, FL (
Dwight Gledhill, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorologic Laboratory, Silver Spring, MD (

To assist the organizing committee in assigning your abstract to our session, please use the session code: IT04. Abstracts are due by 15 October. Registration for the meeting is open until January 20, 2010.

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