In reviewing an article by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg on coral reef ecosystems and anthropogenic climate change, he suggests that our current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are much too high to ensure the survival of coral reef ecosystems. I will further explore his interpretations of coral bleaching and microbial infections. Furthermore, I will investigate the idea that corals have different susceptibilities to different stresses, meaning the devastation of one species of coral does not mean devastation for all. The remainder of the article will be analyzed to see how much devastation coral reefs can take and the implications of the loss of coral-dominated reef systems.
My analysis of another paper on the conditions of coral reefs in south Florida will include a presentation of percentages of coral reefs that are diseased and bleached to help indicate the condition of this ecosystem. This paper also looks at different diseases that affect corals and shows which diseases are most prevalent in southern Florida coral reef communities. The authors of this study found large amounts of coral devastation in the Florida Keys which will be analyzed in further detail in the research paper.