Coral Reefs of Australia: Perspectives from Beyond the Water’s Edge


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Coral Reefs of Australia: Perspectives from Beyond the Water’s Edge Editors: Sarah M. Hamylton, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Pat Hutchings Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: CSIRO Publishing
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Pages: 344 Illustrations and other contents: 217 colour photographs, 67 colour illustrations, 19 B&W photographs, 5 B&W illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9781486315482 Categories: , , , ,

Australia’s coral reefs stretch far and wide, covering 50 000 square kilometres from the Indian Ocean in the West to the Pacific Ocean in the East. They have been viewed as a bedrock of coastal livelihoods, as uncharted and perilous nautical hazards, as valuable natural resources, and as unique, natural wonders with secrets waiting to be unlocked. Australia’s coral reefs have sustained a global interest as places to visit, and as objects of study, science, protection and conservation. Coral Reefs of Australia examines our evolving relationship with coral reefs, and explores their mystery and the fast pace at which they are now changing. Corals are feeling the dramatic impacts of global climate change, having undergone several devastating mass coral bleaching events, dramatic species range shifts and gradual ocean acidification. This comprehensive and engaging book brings together the diverse views of Indigenous Australians, coral reef scientists, managers and politicians to reveal how we interact with coral reefs, focussing on Indigenous culture, coastal livelihoods, exploration, discovery, scientific research and climate change. It will inform and inspire readers to learn more about these intriguing natural phenomena and how we can protect coral reefs for the future. FEATURES A unique interdisciplinary collection celebrating our relationship with Australia’s coral reefs that brings together perspectives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, coral reef scientists, managers and politicians. Covers the full geographical scope of Australia’s reefs from the Indian Ocean’s Cocos (Keeling) atoll in the West to the Pacific Ocean’s Lord Howe Island in the East. Illustrated with high quality images of coral reef environments and people interacting with them. Covers the development of coral reef science in Australia and how scientists have interacted with reef managers and policy makers to guide effective stewardship of reefs.

Weight1.25 kg


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Author Biography

Sarah M. Hamylton is President of the Australian Coral Reef Society. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong, where she is Director of the Spatial Analysis Laboratories. Pat Hutchings is a Senior Fellow of the Australian Museum. She has worked on coral reefs since the early 1970s and has had a long involvement with the Australian Coral Reef Society. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg FAA is Professor of Marine Studies at the School of Biological Sciences and ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Queensland, where he has studied the physiological ecology of corals, particularly relating to their response to climate change, for more than 30 years.