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Title: Should the pre-1986 coral-cover record be used to determine system-wide long-term trends for the Great Barrier Reef?
Authors: Boer, M.
Marchant, R.
Ridd, P.
Keywords: Coral cover;Great Barrier Reef;Long-term trends;Coral decline
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Available pre-1986 Great Barrier Reef coral-cover data were re-analysed and results compared with the pre-1986 subsets extracted from earlier studies ofBellwood et al.1 and from Bruno and Selig2. Correlations between the three compilations were low or insignificant, indicating low robustness in the original datasets for determining system-wide coral cover. Thus, trends in GBR coral cover based on the pre-1986 data should not be used.
Page(s): 1626-1649
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJMS Vol.43(09) [September 2014]

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