Islands in the Maldives – where sandy or gravel islands sit on top of coral reef platforms – are among those that could be affected by a global rise in sea levels. Credit: Gerd Masselink/University of Plymouth Coral reef islands across the world could naturally adapt to survive the impact […]

A parrotfish feeding on degraded coral. Credit: Shaun Wilson, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Australia, and the University of Western Australia Climate change and warming seas are transforming tropical coral reefs and undoing decades of knowledge about how to protect these delicate and vital ecosystems. Many of the […]

Credit: Shutterstock Scientists recently confirmed the Great Barrier Reef suffered another serious bleaching event last summer—the third in five years. Dramatic intervention to save the natural wonder is clearly needed. First and foremost, this requires global greenhouse gas emissions to be slashed. But the right combination of technological and biological interventions, deployed […]

Staghorn coral can form dense groups called ‘thickets’ in very shallow water, providing important habitat for other reef animals, especially fish. Elkhorn coral, along with staghorn coral and star corals built Caribbean coral reefs over the last 5,000 years. Credit: NOAA Not long ago, the azure waters of the Caribbean […]

Accenture, Intel and Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation use artificial intelligence to rebuild the coral reef surrounding Pangatalan Island in the Philippines. Credit: Accenture Today, on Earth Day 2020, Accenture, Intel and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation announced Project: CORaiL, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solution to monitor, characterize and analyze coral reef resiliency. […]

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new international study led by Monash University climate scientists has found reef sand is dissolving much quicker than previously thought due to the impact of microbes. The study, published recently in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, was led by Dr. Adam Kessler from the School of Earth, […]

Warmer seas caused by climate change have damaged the health of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral system An ambitious “cloud brightening” experiment has been carried out over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in an early-stage trial that scientists hope could become a futuristic way to protect coral from […]

The coral reefs of Bikini Atoll can be mapped by a NASA satellite’s green laser, which penetrates up to 40 meters underwater. THE ASAHI SHIMBUN/GETTY IMAGES Late in 2018, just after its arrival in orbit, NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite passed over an iconic site from the atomic age. By chance, its […]

This is a scanning electron microscope image of the microalgal colonies in the hybrid living biopolymers. Credit: University of Cambridge Researchers from Cambridge University and the University of California San Diego have 3D printed coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. Their results, reported April […]

Maps of some main study sites: Bremer Canyon and nearby canyons of the Albany Group. Transect indicated by arrows, and nominal ROV dive sites and Rosette casts shown in red and blue. Credit: Exon et al., 20152 (top), Geoscience Australia (bottom). Bremer Canyon Marine Park is already known as a […]