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Crucial knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes
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2010 (English)In: Journal of Experimental Biology, ISSN 0022-0949, Vol. 213, no 6, 894-900 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Expert opinion was canvassed to identify crucial knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes. Scientists that had published three or more papers on the effects of climate and environmental factors on reef fishes were invited to submit five questions that, if addressed, would improve our understanding of climate change effects on coral reef fishes. Thirty-three scientists provided 155 questions, and 32 scientists scored these questions in terms of: (i) identifying a knowledge gap, (ii) achievability, (iii) applicability to a broad spectrum of species and reef habitats, and (iv) priority. Forty-two per cent of the questions related to habitat associations and community dynamics of fish, reflecting the established effects and immediate concern relating to climate-induced coral loss and habitat degradation. However, there were also questions on fish demographics, physiology, behaviour and management, all of which could be potentially affected by climate change. Irrespective of their individual expertise and background, scientists scored questions from different topics similarly, suggesting limited bias and recognition of a need for greater interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Presented here are the 53 highest-scoring unique questions. These questions should act as a guide for future research, providing a basis for better assessment and management of climate change impacts on coral reefs and associated fish communities.

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2010. Vol. 213, no 6, 894-900 p.
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ecosystem management, fisheries, coral reef ecology, physiology, behaviour, conservation, global warming, ocean acidification, coral bleaching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48920DOI: 10.1242/jeb.037895ISI: 000275002600011OAI: diva2:376306
authorCount :33Available from: 2010-12-10 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2010-12-10Bibliographically approved

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