Some corals could survive global warming, say scientists. An international team, working in the central Pacific, has discovered that coral, which has survived heat stress in the past, is more likely to survive it in the future, the PLoS One journal reported.
The research paves the way towards an important roadmap on the impacts of ocean warming, and will help biologists identify the habitats and locations where coral reefs are more likely to adapt to climate change.
“We’re starting to identify the types of reef environments where corals are more likely to persist in the future. The new data is critical for predicting the future for coral reefs, and for planning how society will cope in that future,” said Prof. Simon Donner at the University of British Columbia, who led the research.
Corals evolved with temperatures 10C higher than at present. If conditions become unfavorable in one location, they simply move somewhere else. Coral reefs are found in the geologic record in rocks all over the planet.