Global Warming Could Increase Size of Reefs, Asserts Researcher

New research suggests that present coral reef calcification rates are not in decline and are equivalent to late 19th century levels.

Published: 13-Dec-2004

Sydney, Dec 10 : Australian scientists have claimed in a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that coral reefs around the world could expand in size by up to a third in response to increased ocean warming and the greenhouse effect.

The research was carried out by Ben Mc Neil, an oceanographer from the University of New South Wales, along with colleagues Richard Matear of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and David Barnes from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

"Our analysis suggests that ocean warming will foster considerably faster future rates of coral reef growth that will eventually exceed pre-industrial rates by as much as 35 per cent by 2100. Our finding stands in stark contrast to previous predictions that coral reef growth will suffer large, potentially catastrophic, decreases in the future," said McNeil.

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