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dc.creatorAlvarez-Filip, L.
dc.creatorGill, J.A.
dc.creatorDulvy, N.K.
dc.creatorPerry, A.L.
dc.creatorWatkinson, A.R.
dc.creatorCôté, I.M.
dc.identifier.citationCoral Reefs 30(4): 1051-1060
dc.description.abstractSevere declines in the cover of live hard coral on reefs have been reported worldwide, and in the Caribbean region, the architectural complexity of coral reefs has also declined markedly. While the drivers of coral cover loss are relatively well understood, little is known about the drivers of regional-scale declines in architectural complexity. This study makes use of a dataset of 49 time series reporting reef architectural complexity to explore the effect of hurricanes, coral bleaching and fishing on Caribbean-wide annual rates of change in reef complexity. Hurricane impacts greatly influence reef complexity, with the most rapid rates of decline in complexity occurring at sites impacted during their survey period, and with lower rates of loss occurring at unimpacted sites. Reef architectural complexity did not change significantly following mass bleaching events (in a time frame of <5 years) or positive thermal anomalies.
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag
dc.sourceCoral Reefs
dc.titleDrivers of region-wide declines in architectural complexity on Caribbean reefs
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.bibliographicCitationAlvarez-Filip, L. et al. (2011). Drivers of region-wide declines in architectural complexity on Caribbean reefs. Coral Reefs 30(4): 1051-1060
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.coverage.regionCaribbean Sea
cg.subject.agrovoccoral reefs
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversity of East Anglia
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversity of East Anglia
cg.identifier.statusLimited access
cg.identifier.ISIindexedISI indexed
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorPerry, A.L.

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