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Title: Coral disease risk and impact assessment plan. Second edition
Corporate author: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Year of publication: 2013
Year: 2013
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Place of publication: Townsville
Type of document: Report
Series/Report no.: Coral disease risk and impact assessment plan
Abstract: While coral disease is often cryptic and has a lower profile than coral bleaching, it poses an equally significant threat to the Great Barrier Reef. These two impacts are not mutually exclusive as bleaching can greatly increase the susceptibility of corals to diseases. Under a changing climate, disease outbreaks are likely to increase in frequency and severity since: the pathogens that cause coral diseases are likely to become more virulent as sea temperatures increase and coral susceptibility to disease will increase due to increases in the frequency and severity of bleaching events and the frequency of severe cyclones. Since disease outbreaks of unprecedented severity and spatial extent, are likely in the future, reef managers have a responsibility to monitor, assess and respond to the socio-ecological impacts caused by coral disease and disease outbreaks. This risk and impact assessment plan has been developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) in order to outline a strategic approach for monitoring coral disease risk and assessing disease impacts.
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Subjects: Reef Ecosystems & Marine Species
Disease control
Environmental impact
Coral reefs
Climate change
Extreme events
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