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Lecture | Studium Generale

The Future of Tropical Coral Reefs

  • Dr Nicole Voogd
Wednesday 1 November 2017
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

Coral reefs are the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. They provide a wealth of ecosystem services, ranging from fisheries, tourism, to coastal protection. However, several global processes are expected to have a profound impact on coral reefs, particularly those processes related to global climate change such as ocean acidification and elevated seawater temperatures. In addition, the intensity of human activities, that adversely affect coral reefs is expected to increase due to population growth and rapid urbanization. Hence, coral reefs face a grim future; can coral reefs persist at all and how does a world without coral reefs look like?

Speaker and discussant

Speaker: Dr. Nicole de Voogd, Senior researcher Marine Biodiversity, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Discussant: Dr.ir. Thijs Bosker, Assistant Professor in Environmental Science, Leiden University College

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