Tuesday, 12 March 2013

New research reveals secrets of world’s richest marine area


Sea surface temperature, as well as the size and variety of habitats are the main factors responsible for the proliferation of marine life in the Coral Triangle – the most biologically diverse marine region in the world. Research carried out by scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Old Dominion University, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggest that climate change may have a direct impact on species
diversity and that larger and more diverse protected areas could help species respond to environmental changes, including changes in sea temperature.

The research team assembled the largest set of species distribution maps ever produced for tropical shallow water marine species, including maps of coastal fishes, invertebrates (corals, crustaceans, and molluscs), seagrasses, and mangroves. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, Read more