Historical records of human impacts on coral reefs

There is widespread agreement among reef scientists that coral reefs worldwide are threatened by the impact of human activities acting on global, regional, and local scales. 

However, many of the observed changes cannot be unambiguously tied to human activities because ecologists who study modern reefs lack the long-term data required to distinguish natural variability from anthropogenic change.

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This research aims to study sediments and fossils from cores extracted from reefs and document the natural variability in these reefs over the past thousands of years.

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