A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the Galápagos Islands.
Climate Change Adaptation
The overall success of marine management areas (MMAs) can be jeopardized by human-induced impacts originating outside their borders. In particular, coral growth and survival are sensitive to changes in water temperature and ocean acidity associated with climate change. We are conducting research to understand the potential impacts of climate change on coral reefs, as well as the roles that MMAs may play in reducing these negative effects and in helping corals adapt to changing conditions.
MMAS Research Program
- Potential for MMAs to boost corals’ resilience to stresses associated with climate change. We are investigating the impacts of increased carbon dioxide concentrations on coral growth rates and are developing protocols that are used to evaluate corals’ resiliency to stresses inside and outside MMAs. Location: Bahamas and laboratory study at University of Miami. Principal investigators: Chris Langdon and Erich Mueller. View the Work Plans >>
- Resilience and status of coral reefs after a major bleaching event. We are assessing the recovery of coral reef ecosystems that suffered severe damage during an extended period of unusually warm water in the Central Pacific. Location: Line Islands. Principal investigator: Greg Stone. View the Work Plan >>