A new study finds that the Great Barrier Coast is at risk of losing the reef to climate change.
In an article published today in the journal Science Advances, researchers from the University of Queensland, the Australian National University, the University and the University Of Queensland found that by the end of the century, the Great Lakes are likely to become a new reef, due to rising temperatures and acidification.
The reef, which has lost an estimated 30% of its coral since the 1970s, is a major source of biodiversity for the reef system, including the Great Bass Fishing Reserve and the Great Pyrenees.
They found that the loss of the Great Bay is a key driver of the change.
“There are many factors that are leading to the reef becoming a new type of reef, and it is important to recognise that the reef will eventually disappear if we don’t act now,” Professor Daniel C. Johnson, lead author of the study, told Science Advings.
“We are seeing coral mortality on the Great Island, the Northern Territory, and Queensland as well.
The loss of this type of coral is the major driver of climate change, so it is not only a threat to our future, but also to the future of the reef.”
Climate change impacts on coral reefs The research found that coral mortality rates in the Great Basin are likely increasing due to ocean warming.
In particular, increasing sea surface temperatures are reducing the ability of coral to recover from acidification, which causes coral growth to decline.
According to the University, coral reefs are one of the most vulnerable marine ecosystems in the world.
The Great Lakes region is home to about a third of the world’s coral reefs, which have been lost for the past 30 years.
“It is not just the Great Gulf that is being affected,” said Professor Johnson.
“The Great Barrier has been at the centre of the global coral bleaching event, and there is also evidence of global coral death,” he added.
“Coral bleaching occurs when the water temperature is rising, which means that the corals have less oxygen, which results in coral death.
This is due to the lack of nutrients in the water, which leads to an overabundance of oxygen in the coralline algae, which then kills the coral.”
The Great Queensland Coral Reef, which is also the largest in the reef, is one of only three in the Queensland Great Barrier Archipelago, the other two being the Great South Reef and the Southern Coral Reef.
The study found that increasing acidification could be driving coral mortality as well as sea surface temperature change.
This was particularly true for the Great Lake area, which experienced significant coral mortality during the bleaching.
“This is a very complex system and a lot of things have to happen,” said lead author Dr Paul C. Taylor, from the Queensland University of Technology.
“A lot of this [coastal coral mortality] is caused by the Great Coral Reef and what we’re seeing in the Northern Cape and Queensland is a really important part of this.”
This is one area that has a lot to lose, as this is one sector of the coralling system, and we’re going to lose a lot,” he told Science.
“And we’ve actually seen this in the northern Great Lakes.” “
In some parts of the Northern Lakes, where there’s more of a coral bleach event, we’ve also found evidence of this happening,” said Dr Taylor.
“And we’ve actually seen this in the northern Great Lakes.”
The researchers also found coral mortality in the Southern Ocean has increased due to warming.
“Climate change is not the only cause of coral mortality,” Dr Taylor told Science News.
“Some of the coral bleaches are also linked to other processes in the system, such as the impact of warmer water temperatures on corals, which can cause coral mortality and increase the likelihood of coral bleacings,” he said.
“When you look at both parts of our world, we are seeing the effects of climate and CO2.” “
As the world warms, we’re starting to see coral bleeds on both sides of the Tasman, and as the Great Southern Ocean warms too, we’ll see more bleaches on the Northern Islands,” he explained.
“When you look at both parts of our world, we are seeing the effects of climate and CO2.”
Dr Taylor said the research highlighted the importance of protecting coral reefs in the future, and highlighted the need for a better understanding of the impact on coral reef ecosystems and marine life.
“I think that coral reefs need to be protected at all times, because they are the lifeblood of the oceans,” he concluded.