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Potential role of the ocean thermostat in determining regional differences in coral reef bleaching events

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor National Center Atmospheric Research (ncar) - Usa
dc.contributor Natl Ctr Atmospher Res
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en LOUGH, JANICE M. KLEYPAS, JOAN A. DANABASOGLU, GOKHAN 2013-02-28T06:53:34Z 2013-02-28T06:53:34Z 2017-03-21T01:27:11Z 2019-07-08T02:07:47Z 2013-02-28T06:53:34Z 2017-03-21T01:27:11Z 2017-03-21T01:27:11Z 2019-07-08T02:07:47Z 2008-02-09
dc.identifier 7629 en
dc.identifier.citation Kleypas JA, Danabasoglu G and Lough JM (2008) The potential role of thermostat mechanisms in determining regional differences in coral reef bleaching events. Geophysical Research Letters. 35, L03613. en
dc.identifier.issn 0094-8276
dc.description Link to abstract/full text - en
dc.description.abstract Several negative feedback mechanisms have been proposed by others to explain the stability of maximum sea surface temperature (SST) in the western Pacific warm pool (WPWP). If these "ocean thermostat'' mechanisms effectively suppress warming in the future, then coral reefs in this region should be less exposed to conditions that favor coral reef bleaching. In this study we look for regional differences in reef exposure and sensitivity to increasing SSTs by comparing reported coral reef bleaching events with observed and modeled SSTs of the last fifty years. Coral reefs within or near the WPWP have had fewer reported bleaching events relative to reefs in other regions. Analysis of SST data indicate that the warmest parts of the WPWP have warmed less than elsewhere in the tropical oceans, which supports the existence of thermostat mechanisms that act to depress warming beyond certain temperature thresholds.
dc.description.uri en
dc.language English
dc.language en en
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dc.relation.ispartof Geophysical Research Letters - pages: 35, L03613 en
dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Dynamics
dc.subject Warm Pool
dc.subject Ccsm3
dc.subject Climate-change
dc.subject El-nino
dc.subject Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
dc.subject Thermodynamic Regulation
dc.subject Sst
dc.subject Geology
dc.subject Sea-surface Temperature
dc.subject Taxa
dc.title Potential role of the ocean thermostat in determining regional differences in coral reef bleaching events
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1029/2007GL032257
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000253064300001

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