Northern Red Sea coral reefs may serve as refugia against coral bleaching

17 October, 2017

​​In our latest publication by Osman et al. in Global Change Biology we examine bleaching records across the Red Sea in th context of historical sea surface temperatures. Our data suggest that coral reefs showed no or only little bleaching despite being exposed to severe heat stress. Further experiments confirmed that coral reefs in the northern region appear to live well below their ecological temperature limits, making them important potential refugia against coral bleaching in times of rapid ocean warming.
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