A global analysis of coral reef regimes: patterns, drivers and functional indicators

Project leader


Funding source

Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2016
End date: 31/12/2018
Funding: 2795000 SEK


We will carry out an ambitious, empirical assessment of global coral reef regimes, relying on an extensive global dataset across gradients of natural and anthropogenic conditions. We will identify the primary human and natural drivers that help to explain these regimes across a global scale. Using a wide range of functional structure indicators we will investigate how fish communities are associated across these reef regimes, and use this as mean to detect indicators that could signal loss of resilience in coral reefs. The proposed analyses will leverage the most comprehensive and extensive global coral reef datasets available and will provide novel insights into the multi-scale dynamics of reef regimes and resilience and the relative influence of natural and anthropogenic drivers in dictating regime shifts. The longer-term goal of this project is to identify ecosystem-based solutions for managing human activities to effectively and efficiently promote both high ecological and socioeconomic value outcomes in this coupled human-natural system. Our results will aid practitioners (managers, decision-makers, and planners) to move toward practical implementation of ecosystem-based management by helping them define tangible management targets at the ecosystem level, understand the ecological effects of human activities, and evaluate whether the management actions taken are working towards the management objectives.

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