Picture perfect office - © Dr. Michael White

Tongareva Atoll: Living at the forefront of climate change

Picture perfect office - © Dr. Michael White

Kia Orana Everyone! Firstly, my apologies for being offline for a while. I’ve been extremely busy researching the rapid impacts of ocean warming on my atoll (9 South; 158 West). These include coral bleaching and death of our giant clams (Tridacna maxima). Also many of our trees have suffered badly and have either collapsed or are very sick.

I’d like to thank my friends and research colleagues: Papa Ru Taime & John Beasley. Meitaki Poria.

I’ll try and use this post as a form of blog and will deal with each aspect over the coming weeks. In particular I am now seeing secondary impacts, such as algal growth on the bleached corals ~ so in time this may cause a shift in fish populations or marine invertebrates. So this is truly the living, shifting face of climate change. Welcome to our new world!

Dead small giant clam (Tridacna maxima)

Dead small giant clam (Tridacna maxima)

Some coral species are badly impacted, others are more resilient

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Deeper corals suffered more than many surface ones, probably because deeper species have a narrower thermal range

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A beautiful picture of ‘my office’ ~ but the story is different when we look closely underwater. Climate change is real!

 

4 thoughts on “Hi Friends!

    1. Ating SolihinAting Solihin

      I posted a comment but above it is a line “waiting for moderation.” Thus, I am waiting until tonight because tomorrow morning I will be heading to the forest again for about one month with one break of travel to the marine site. Salam. Ating

      1. JanosJanos Post author

        Hi Ating, I’m pleased to see that you are around. I will figure out how can I eliminate the necessity of approval comments from higher level members, like each of you. Interestingly the current framework does not always requires my approval when any of you send a new comment.
        Anyway, for how long time will you be away? I’d like to hear something about the idea of BA from you. Do you like it? Do you consider to participate as a founder? What do you miss? ….?????
        Best regards,
        Janos

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