A range of recent studies have concluded that climate change will rapidly increase the frequency of mass bleaching events, leading to declines in coral cover, shifts in the composition of corals and other reef-dwelling organisms, and stress on the human populations who depend on coral reef ecosystems for food, income and shoreline protection. In this presentation, I will summarize existing research on the role of human-induced climate change in recent mass coral bleaching events, the projections for the future, and the implications for marine conservation and climate policy. Results will be presented from recent regional and global climate modeling studies and from field work in the central equatorial Pacific.
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