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dc.contributor.authorvan Woesik, Robert
dc.contributor.authorvan Woesik, Kelly
dc.contributor.authorvan Woesik, Liana
dc.contributor.authorvan Woesik, Sandra
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-10T14:50:47Z
dc.date.available2014-09-10T14:50:47Z
dc.date.issued2013-11-21
dc.identifier.citationvan Woesik, R., van Woesik, K., van Woesik, L., & van Woesik, S. (2014). Effects of ocean acidification on the dissolution rates of reef-coral skeletons. Peerj, 2014(1)en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11141/315
dc.description.abstractOcean acidification threatens the foundation of tropical coral reefs. This study investigated three aspects of ocean acidification: (i) the rates at which perforate and imperforate coral-colony skeletons passively dissolve when pH is 7.8, which is predicted to occur globally by 2100, (ii) the rates of passive dissolution of corals with respect to coral-colony surface areas, and (iii) the comparative rates of a vertical reef-growth model, incorporating passive dissolution rates, and predicted sea-level rise. By 2100, when the ocean pH is expected to be 7.8, perforate Montipora coral skeletons will lose on average 15 kg CaCO3 m-2 y-1, which is approximately - 10.5mmof vertical reduction of reef framework per year. This rate of passive dissolution is higher than the average rate of reef growth over the last several millennia and suggests that reefs composed of perforateMontipora coral skeletons will have trouble keeping up with sea-level rise under ocean acidification. Reefs composed of primarily imperforate coral skeletons will not likely dissolve as rapidly, but our model shows they will also have trouble keeping up with sea-level rise by 2050.en_US
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en_US
dc.titleEffects of ocean acidification on the dissolution rates of reef-coral skeletonsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.7717/peerj.208


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