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Fact Sheet 2010–3091

Effects of Ocean Acidification and Sea-Level Rise on Coral Reefs

By Kimberly K. Yates and R.P. Moyer

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are developing comprehensive records of historical and modern coral reef growth and calcification rates relative to changing seawater chemistry resulting from increasing atmospheric CO2 from the pre-industrial period to the present. These records will provide the scientific foundation for predicting future impacts of ocean acidification and sea-level rise on coral reef growth. Changes in coral growth rates in response to past changes in seawater pH are being examined by using cores from coral colonies.

First posted February 1, 2011

For additional information contact:
Kimberly K. Yates
U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Suggested citation:

Yates, K.K., and Moyer, R.P., 2010, Effects of ocean acidification and sea-level rise on coral reefs: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3091, 2 p.

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