Some good news for coral reefs

Simon Donner

Published on April 11, 2012

photo: Linda Wade

Simon Donner (2009) and his colleagues have discovered that corals that have survived heat stress in the past may be more likely survive climate change in the future. Until recently, it was widely assumed that coral would die off worldwide as the oceans warm. The study suggests a roadmap on the impacts of ocean warming and will help communities identify locations where coral reefs are likely to adapt to climate change, the team says.