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The coral sea: physical environment, ecosystem status and biodiversity assets

Daniela M. Ceccarelli
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A. D. Mckinnon
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Serge Andréfouët
Valérie Allain
Jock W. Young
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Daniel C. Gledhill
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Adrian Flynn
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Nicholas J. Bax
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Robin Beaman
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Philippe Borsa
Richard Brinkman
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Rodrigo H. Bustamante
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Robert Campbell
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Mike Cappo
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Sophie Cravatte
Stéphanie d'Agata
Catherine M. Dichmont
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Piers K. Dunstan
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Cecile Dupouy
Graham Edgar
Richard Farman
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Miles Furnas
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Claire Garrigue
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Trevor Hutton
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Michel Kulbicki
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Yves Letourneur
Dhugal Lindsay
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David Mouillot
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Valeriano Parravicini
Claude Payri
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Bernard Pelletier
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Bertrand Richer de Forges
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Ken Ridgway
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Martine Rodier
Sarah Samadi
David Schoeman
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Tim Skewes
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Steven Swearer
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Laurent Vigliola
Laurent Wantiez
Alan Williams
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Anthony J. Richardson
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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. 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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hal-00996325 , version 1 (26-05-2014)

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Daniela M. Ceccarelli, A. D. Mckinnon, Serge Andréfouët, Valérie Allain, Jock W. Young, et al.. The coral sea: physical environment, ecosystem status and biodiversity assets. Advances in Marine Biology, 2013, 66, pp.213-90. ⟨10.1016/b978-0-12-408096-6.00004-3⟩. ⟨hal-00996325⟩
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