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The Coral Sea: Physical Environment, Ecosystem Status and Biodiversity Assets

Publication Year

2013

Author(s)
  • Ceccarelli, Daniela M.
  • McKinnon, A. David
  • Andrefouet, Serge
  • Allain, Valerie
  • Young, Jock
  • Gledhill, Daniel C.
  • Flynn, Adrian
  • Bax, Nicholas J.
  • Beaman, Robin
  • Borsa, Philippe
  • Brinkman, Richard
  • Bustamante, Rodrigo H.
  • Campbell, Robert
  • Cappo, Mike
  • Cravatte, Sophie
  • D'Agata, Stephanie
  • Dichmont, Catherine M.
  • Dunstan, Piers K.
  • Dupouy, Cecile
  • Edgar, Graham
  • Farman, Richard
  • Furnas, Miles
  • Garrigue, Claire
  • Hutton, Trevor
  • Kulbicki, Michel
  • Letourneur, Yves
  • Lindsay, Dhugal
  • Menkes, Christophe
  • Mouillot, David
  • Parravicini, Valeriano
  • Payri, Claude
  • Pelletier, Bernard
  • de Forges, Bertrand Richer
  • Ridgway, Ken
  • Rodier, Martine
  • Samadi, Sarah
  • Schoeman, David
  • Skewes, Tim
  • Swearer, Steven
  • Vigliola, Laurent
  • Wantiez, Laurent
  • Williams, Alan
  • Williams, Ashley
  • Richardson, Anthony J.
Source
ADVANCES IN MARINE BIOLOGY, VOL 66 Bokk Series: Advances in Marine Biology Volume: 66 Pages: 213-290 Published: 2013
ISSN
0065-2881
Abstract

The Coral Sea, located at the southwestern rim of the Pacific Ocean, is the only tropical marginal sea where human impacts remain relatively minor. Patterns and processes identified within the region have global relevance as a baseline for understanding impacts in more disturbed tropical locations. Despite 70 years of documented research, the Coral Sea has been relatively neglected, with a slower rate of increase in publications over the past 20 years than total marine research globally. We review current knowledge of the Coral Sea to provide an overview of regional geology, oceanography, ecology and fisheries. Interactions between physical features and biological assemblages influence ecological processes and the direction and strength of connectivity among Coral Sea ecosystems. To inform management effectively, we will need to fill some major knowledge gaps, including geographic gaps in sampling and a lack of integration of research themes, which hinder the understanding of most ecosystem processes.

Author Keyword(s)
  • Tropical sea
  • Ecosystem function
  • Connectivity
  • Food web
  • Pristine ecosystems
  • Collaborative research
KeyWord(s) Plus
  • GREAT-BARRIER-REEF
  • SOUTHWEST PACIFIC-OCEAN
  • EAST AUSTRALIAN CURRENT
  • PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA
  • SHARKS CARCHARODON-CARCHARIAS
  • COASTAL MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
  • LORD HOWE RISE
  • NEW-CALEDONIA
  • POPULATION CONNECTIVITY
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE
ESI Discipline(s)
  • Plant & Animal Science
Web of Science Category(ies)
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
Adress(es)

[McKinnon, A. David; Brinkman, Richard; Cappo, Mike; Furnas, Miles] Australian Inst Marine Sci, TMC, Townsville, Qld 4810, Australia; [Andrefouet, Serge; D'Agata, Stephanie; Payri, Claude; Vigliola, Laurent] IRD, LabEx CORAIL, UR CoReUs 227, Noumea, New Caledonia; [Allain, Valerie; Williams, Ashley] Secretariat Pacific Commun, Ocean Fisheries Programme, Noumea, New Caledonia; [Young, Jock; Gledhill, Daniel C.; Bax, Nicholas J.; Campbell, Robert; Dunstan, Piers K.; Ridgway, Ken; Williams, Alan] CSIRO Marine & Atmospher Res, Castray Esplanade, Wealth Oceans Flagship, Hobart, Tas, Australia; [Flynn, Adrian] Fathom Pacific Pty Ltd, Kensington, Vic, Australia; [Beaman, Robin] James Cook Univ, Sch Earth & Environm Sci, Cairns, Qld, Australia; [Borsa, Philippe] Univ Udayana, IRD UR CoReUs 227, Denpasar, Indonesia; [Bustamante, Rodrigo H.; Dichmont, Catherine M.; Hutton, Trevor; Skewes, Tim; Richardson, Anthony J.] CSIRO Marine & Atmospher Res, Ecosci Precinct, Wealth Oceans Flagship, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Australia; [Cravatte, Sophie] LEGOS, Inst Rech Dev, Noumea, New Caledonia; [Cravatte, Sophie] Univ Toulouse IRD CNRS CNES, LEGOS, Observ Midi Pyrenees, Toulouse, France; [Dupouy, Cecile; Rodier, Martine] UMR CNRS IRD AMU USTV 7294, Mediterranean Inst Oceanog, Noumea, New Caledonia; [Bax, Nicholas J.; Edgar, Graham] Univ Tasmania, Inst Marine & Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Tas, Australia; [Farman, Richard] Aquarium Lagons, Noumea, New Caledonia; [Garrigue, Claire] Operat Cetaces, Noumea, New Caledonia; [Kulbicki, Michel; Parravicini, Valeriano] Lab Arago, LABEX Corail, IRD UR CoReUs 227, F-66650 Banyuls Sur Mer, France; [Letourneur, Yves; Wantiez, Laurent] Univ Nouvelle Caledonie, Noumea, New Caledonia; [Lindsay, Dhugal] Japan Agcy Marine Earth Sci & Technol JAMSTEC, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan; [Menkes, Christophe] Univ Paris 06, UMR LOCEAN IRD CNRS UPMC MNHN 7159, Paris, France; [Mouillot, David] Univ Montpellier 2, ECOSYM CNRS UM2 IFREMER IRD 5119, Montpellier 5, France; [Pelletier, Bernard] UMR 7329 GEOAZUR UNS CNRS IRD OCA, Noumea, New Caledonia; [de Forges, Bertrand Richer; Samadi, Sarah] Museum Natl Hist Nat, Dept Systemat & Evolut, F-75005 Paris 5, France; [Rodier, Martine] UMR 241 EIO IRD Ifremer UPF ILM, ARUE, Papeete, Fr Polynesia; [Schoeman, David] Univ Sunshine Coast, Fac Sci Hlth Educ & Engn, Maroochydore, Qld, Australia; [Swearer, Steven] Univ Melbourne, Dept Zool, Melbourne, Vic, Australia; [Richardson, Anthony J.] Univ Queensland, Sch Math & Phys, Ctr Applicat Nat Resource Math, St Lucia, Qld, Australia; [Menkes, Christophe] Inst Rech Dev LOCEAN, Noumea, New Caledonia

Reprint Adress

Ceccarelli, DM (reprint author), POB 215, Magnetic Isl, Qld, Australia.

Country(ies)
  • Australia
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
CNRS - Adress(es)
  • Ecologie des systèmes marins côtiers (ECOSYM), UMR5119
  • GEOAZUR, UMR7329
  • Institut Méditerranéen d'Océanographie (MIO), UMR7294
  • Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat : Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN), UMR7159
  • Laboratoire d'études en Géophysique et océanographie spatiales (LEGOS), UMR5566
  • Observatoire midi-Pyrénées (OMP), UMS831
  • Observatoire océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer, UMS2348
Accession Number
WOS:000332424000004
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