Scientists organize to tackle crisis of coral bleaching

by Laura Arenschield, Ohio State University

New common framework will help research into climate-threatened ocean reefs

An international consortium of scientists has created the first-ever common framework for increasing comparability of research findings on coral bleaching.

“Coral bleaching is a major crisis and we have to find a way to move the science forward faster,” said Andréa Grottoli, a professor of earth sciences at The Ohio State University and lead author of a paper on guidelines published online Saturday in the journal Ecological Applications.

The common framework covers a broad range of variables that scientists generally monitor in their experiments, including temperature, water flow, light and others. It does not dictate what levels of each should be present during an experiment into the causes of coral bleaching; rather, it offers a common framework for increasing comparability of reported variables.

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