Coral community composition and reef development at the Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, in response to strong environmental variations

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/555780
Title:
Coral community composition and reef development at the Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, in response to strong environmental variations
Authors:
Schmidt, GM; Phongsuwan, N; Jantzen, C; Roder, Cornelia; Khokiattiwong, S; Richter, C
Abstract:
The Similan Islands, a Thai archipelago in the Andaman Sea located near the shelf break, are subjected to frequent (up to several events per hour) and abrupt changes in physico-chemical conditions, particularly during the dry season (NE monsoon, January through April) and to an intense monsoon season with strong surface wave action (May to October). The exposed west slopes of the islands feature more coral species, but lack a carbonate reef framework. By contrast, the sheltered east sides show a complex reef framework dominated by massive Porites. Our results suggest that the sudden changes in temperature, pH and nutrients (drops of up to 10°C and 0.6 U and increases of up to 9.4 µmol NOx l−1, respectively) due to pulsed upwelling events may rival the importance of surface waves and storms in shaping coral distribution and reef development.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Coral community composition and reef development at the Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, in response to strong environmental variations 2012, 456:113 Marine Ecology Progress Series
Publisher:
Inter-Research Science Center
Journal:
Marine Ecology Progress Series
Issue Date:
7-Jun-2012
DOI:
10.3354/meps09682
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0171-8630; 1616-1599
Additional Links:
http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v456/p113-126/
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Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, GMen
dc.contributor.authorPhongsuwan, Nen
dc.contributor.authorJantzen, Cen
dc.contributor.authorRoder, Corneliaen
dc.contributor.authorKhokiattiwong, Sen
dc.contributor.authorRichter, Cen
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-26T07:25:56Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-26T07:25:56Zen
dc.date.issued2012-06-07en
dc.identifier.citationCoral community composition and reef development at the Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, in response to strong environmental variations 2012, 456:113 Marine Ecology Progress Seriesen
dc.identifier.issn0171-8630en
dc.identifier.issn1616-1599en
dc.identifier.doi10.3354/meps09682en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/555780en
dc.description.abstractThe Similan Islands, a Thai archipelago in the Andaman Sea located near the shelf break, are subjected to frequent (up to several events per hour) and abrupt changes in physico-chemical conditions, particularly during the dry season (NE monsoon, January through April) and to an intense monsoon season with strong surface wave action (May to October). The exposed west slopes of the islands feature more coral species, but lack a carbonate reef framework. By contrast, the sheltered east sides show a complex reef framework dominated by massive Porites. Our results suggest that the sudden changes in temperature, pH and nutrients (drops of up to 10°C and 0.6 U and increases of up to 9.4 µmol NOx l−1, respectively) due to pulsed upwelling events may rival the importance of surface waves and storms in shaping coral distribution and reef development.en
dc.publisherInter-Research Science Centeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v456/p113-126/en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Marine Ecology Progress Series © 2012 Inter-Research.en
dc.subjectBenthic−pelagic couplingen
dc.subjectCoral communityen
dc.subjectSimilan Islandsen
dc.subjectAndaman Seaen
dc.subjectUpwellingen
dc.subjectInternal wavesen
dc.titleCoral community composition and reef development at the Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, in response to strong environmental variationsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalMarine Ecology Progress Seriesen
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionAlfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Am Alten Hafen 26, 27568 Bremerhaven, Germanyen
dc.contributor.institutionPhuket Marine Biological Center, 51 Sakdidet Road, 83000 Phuket, Thailanden
kaust.authorRoder, Corneliaen
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