Ove Hoegh-Guldberg | coral reefs: from climate victims to survivors (video & text)

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was among the first to sound the alarm of the threat posed by ocean warming and acidification to marine ecosystems, following pioneering research into coral bleaching and mortality.

In his 29 November keynote at the Frontiers Forum, Ove gave an update on coral reef health globally and an outlook for the future. The session was attended by over 1,500 representatives from science, policy, and business across the world.

Ove’s talk was followed by a discussion with renowned coral scientists on how to protect and restore reefs so they flourish for centuries to come:

  • Prof Maoz Fine | Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Lisa Carne | Director/Founder, Fragments of Hope, Belize
  • Dr Nancy Knowlton | Sant Chair for Marine Science Emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA

Ove led the team that revealed the molecular mechanisms of coral bleaching and developed the first projections of mass coral mortality. He heads global research, discussions, and action on the science and solutions to rapid climate change – including as Coordinating Lead Author for the ‘Oceans’ chapter for the Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Coordinating Lead Author on the ‘Impacts’ chapter of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C. He also conceived and led the innovative XL-Catlin Seaview Survey, which visually recorded the health of over 1,000 km of coral reefs across 25 countries. Ove is Professor of Marine Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia.

The Frontiers Forum showcases science-led solutions for healthy lives on a healthy planet. Watch previous sessions at https://forum.frontiersin.org

Frontiers, YouTube, 16 December 2022. Video.

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