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The Coral Sea: Physical Environment, Ecosystem Status and Biodiversity Assets


Ceccarelli, DM and McKinnon, AD and Andrefouet, S and Allain, V and Young, J and Gledhill, DC and Flynn, A and Bax, NJ and Beaman, R and Borsa, P and Brinkman, R and Bustamante, RH and Campbell, R and Cappo, M and Cravatte, S and D'Agata, S and Dichmont, CM and Dunstan, PK and Dupouy, C and Edgar, GJ and Farman, R and Furnas, M and Garrigue, C and Hutton, T and Kulbicki, M and Letourneur, Y and Lindsay, D and Menkes, C and Mouillot, D and Parravicini, V and Payri, C and Pelletier, B and Richer de Forges, B and Ridgway, K and Rodier, M and Samadi, S and Schoeman, D and Skewes, T and Swearer, S and Vigliola, L and Wantiez, L and Williams, Alan and Williams, Ashley and Richardson, AJ, The Coral Sea: Physical Environment, Ecosystem Status and Biodiversity Assets, Advances in Marine Biology, 66 pp. 213-290. ISSN 0065-2881 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-408096-6.00004-3


The Coral Sea, located at the southwestern rim of the Pacific Ocean, is the only tropical marginal sea where human impacts remain relatively minor. Patterns and processes identified within the region have global relevance as a baseline for understanding impacts in more disturbed tropical locations. Despite 70 years of documented research, the Coral Sea has been relatively neglected, with a slower rate of increase in publications over the past 20 years than total marine research globally. We review current knowledge of the Coral Sea to provide an overview of regional geology, oceanography, ecology and fisheries. Interactions between physical features and biological assemblages influence ecological processes and the direction and strength of connectivity among Coral Sea ecosystems. To inform management effectively, we will need to fill some major knowledge gaps, including geographic gaps in sampling and a lack of integration of research themes, which hinder the understanding of most ecosystem processes

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cora Sea, biodiversity, marine protected area, marine park, fishes, invertebrates, oceanography
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Bax, NJ (Professor Nicholas Bax)
UTAS Author:Edgar, GJ (Professor Graham Edgar)
ID Code:88439
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-02-03
Last Modified:2015-02-05

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