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Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching

Grimsditch, G.D., and Salm, R. V.  2006. Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching.  IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

This IUCN publication has information on the factors affecting tolerance of corals to increased temperatures and mechanisms by which corals can avoid bleaching during periods of warmer temperatures (e.g. ocean currents and upwellings).

The second section of this technical document provides information on ecological and spatial factors affecting resilience of corals. The third section discusses management for coral bleaching (e.g. coral transplanting, MPAs etc.) but does not go into detail. There is a useful table of management handbooks on page 27 for those wanting more details on management.

This is a technical document for people who require in-depth knowledge of coral bleaching. It would go well with the course provided by The Nature Conservancy on Reef Resilience. To see a full list of courses provided by The Nature Conservancy visit www.conservationtraining.org.