Coral reefs struggle to keep up with rising seas, leave coastal communities at risk

Credit: Curt Storlazzi/USGSJust when you thought rising sea level predictions couldn't get any scarier…   Research published today in the international open-access scientific journal Biogeosciences by the US Geological Survey and the European Geosciences Union shows that not only are sea levels rising in five important coral habitats, the sea floor below is quickly eroding as coral reefs degrade. The cause-and-effect situation is increasing the risk of flooding and storm damage for coastal communities in Florida, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.   By analyzing both new and historical data, US researchers have concluded that sea floor levels have dropped significantly at all five of the locations selected for the study — two sites in the Florida Keys, two in the US Virgin Islands, and one in the waters off of the Hawaiian island of Maui. The research team detected the elevation drop by comparing new readings to historical data sets going back to 1934.   It found that overall sea floor

Coral reefs struggle to keep up with rising seas, leave coastal communities at risk

In the first ecosystem-wide study of changing sea depths at five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawai'i, researchers found the sea floor is eroding in all five places, ...

Thu 20 Apr 17 from Phys.org

Coral reefs struggle to keep up with rising seas, leave coastal communities at risk, Thu 20 Apr 17 from ScienceDaily

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