Physics Colloquium – “Physical Oceanography for Coral Reef Conservation”
September 17 @ 4:00 pm
Joanie Kleypas and Scott Bachman
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Climate & Global Dynamics
Abstract: Coral reefs are one of the most important marine ecosystems, both ecologically and economically. Unfortunately, this ecosystem has already suffered major declines, and with continued climate change more than 90% of coral reefs will be lost by the year 2050. Methods to increase the resilience of corals to climate change are racing against this timeline, but their implementation will be limited to a few key regions. Conservation efforts are therefore focused on where coral reefs should be protected. In this talk, we describe how high resolution numerical modeling of ocean physics is used to identify these key regions.