In a Few Decades, No Corals Will Be Safe From Bleaching Events, Studies Forecast

posted in: November 2014 | 0

The kind of massive coral bleaching event that afflicted 75 percent of the dominant coral species in O`ahu’s Kane`ohe Bay last September is likely to become a regular occurrence within a few decades, according to modeling by scientists Jeff Maynard, Ruben van Hooidonk, Derek Manzello, and Serge Planes.

Corals can usually withstand short temperature spikes, experts say, but if high temperature and bright light conditions persist for even a week or two, as they did last month, when water temperatures held steady in the mid-80s, the corals may bleach. Bleaching occurs when the toxic combination of . . .

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