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The Future of the Great Barrier Reef in the Face of Climate Change

Tilstra, A (2012) The Future of the Great Barrier Reef in the Face of Climate Change. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Coral reefs worldwide are threatened by climate change and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is no exception. In this thesis I assess and predict the future of the Great Barrier Reef in the face of climate change, i.e. rising sea surface temperatures. I show that rising sea surface temperatures can cause bleaching events and that some bleaching events might be prevented by increasing the reefs’ resilience. Furthermore, case studies are presented that demonstrate corals adapting to climate change. Currently, the Great Barrier Reef belongs to some of the healthiest reefs on the planet, but without proper management the Great Barrier Reef will suffer greatly from climate change within the next 50 to 100 years.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:48
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:48
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/10138

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