Coral Reefs of the Gulf: Adaptation to Climatic Extremes

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Bernhard Riegl, Sam J. Purkis
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 13, 2012 - Science - 379 pages
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Coral Reefs of the Gulf: Adaptation to Climatic Extremes is a complete review and reference for scientists, engineers and students concerned with the geology, biology or engineering aspects of coral reefs in the Middle East. It provides for the first time a complete review of both the geology and biology of all extant coral areas in the Gulf, the water body between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. In summer, this area is the hottest sea with abundant coral growth on earth and already today exhibits a temperature that is predicted to occur across the topical ocean in 2100. Thus, by studying the Gulf today, much can be learned about tomorrow’s world and the capability of coral reefs to adapt to climatic extremes. This volume provides the most authoritative and up-to-date review of the coral reefs in the Gulf. It can be used as a volume of general reference or as a textbook treating recent coral reefs.

Written by local and international experts, the text is richly illustrated and will remain a standard reference for the region for decades to come. Contributions stretch from climatology through geology, biology, ecological modelling and fisheries science to practical conservation aspects. The book is useful for the technical expert and casual reader alike.

 

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Contents

Coral Reefs of the Gulf Adaptation to Climatic Extremes in the Worlds Hottest Sea
1
Environmental Constraints for Reef Building in the Gulf
5
Geomorphology and Reef Building in the SE Gulf
33
Environmental Setting and Temporal Trends in Southeastern Gulf Coral Communities
51
Dynamics of Gulf Coral Communities Observations and Models from the Worlds Hottest Coral Sea
71
Coral Bleaching and Mortality Thresholds in the SE Gulf Highest in the World
95
Diseases Harmful Algae Blooms HABs and Their Effects on Gulf Coral Populations and Communities
106
Reef Fish and Fisheries in the Gulf
127
The Hermatypic Scleractinian Hard Coral Fauna of the Gulf
187
The Octocoral Fauna of the Gulf
225
ReefAssociated Macroinvertebrates of the SE Gulf
253
Marine Algae Seaweeds Associated with Coral Reefs in the Gulf
309
Conservation of Marine Ecosystems with a Special View to Coral Reefs in the Gulf
337
Environmental Concerns for the Future of Gulf Coral Reefs
349
Erratum To
374
Index
375

Extreme Physical Factors and the Structure of Gulf Fish and Reef Communities
162
ManMade Structures as Arti fi cial Reefs in the Gulf
171

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