COS Climate Change and Coral Reefs Working Group

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In 2011, with support from the Okeanos Foundation, the Center for Ocean Solutions formed a working group to address the future of coral reefs in the face of increased ocean temperatures, acidification and sea level rise associated with climate change. In particular, this group of highly-qualified scientists came together to identify what is known about coral adaptation, biogeochemistry and calcification, and population dynamics in the face of multiple co-occurring stressors.They produced a consensus statement outlining the precarious state of coral reefs and the actions necessary, both locally and globally, to stem the worldwide decline of these valuable ecosystems.

The product of the working group: a scientific consensus statement on the future of coral reefs in the face of climate change (in 3 parts: an executive summary, a full text version, and also an annotated copy).


12th International Coral Reef Symposium

We invite you to join over 2,000 scientists from around the world in endorsing a Consensus Statement urging governments to take action for the preservation of coral reefs for the benefit of present and future generations. Please feel free to distribute this web link to your colleagues.

To build a large base of support in preparation for the public launch of the statement (during the opening ceremony of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, on July 9th, in Cairns, Australia), please click HERE to join other scientists from around the world by adding your name to the list of endorsees.