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Rise in sea level, too fast for coral reefs

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YERSEKE – Many coral reefs can be the expected rise of the sea level couldn’t keep up. Mainly tropical coasts and low-lying islands, walk this way have a greater chance of flooding and erosion. This is evidenced Wednesday by international research, where the Dutch researcher Aimée Snakes of the NIOZ sea research to cooperate. The research is published in the wetenschapstijdschrift Nature.

The international research team studied 200 coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean. They compared the speed at which the reefs in the height can grow with the expected rise in sea levels, and noted that at the end of this century, even in moderate scenarios of climate change, only 3 percent of the reefs, the probable sea-level rise can keep track. At this time, has 45 percent of the coral reefs that capacity.

Zeespiegelspecialist Snakes expected that if emissions of greenhouse gases do not decrease, in 2100, most of the reefs for more than a half a meter deeper under water. ,,Reefs are natural breakwaters. If deeper, they can use the waves less braking, making the waves closer to the shore. This increases the risk of erosion and flooding.”

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