Friday, November 11, 2005

Tsunami impact

I am only now catching up with a report of work by Andrew Baird and colleagues at James Cook University - the first peer reviewed ecological assessment of the effect of the December 2004 tsunami on reefs (in Current Biology).

They say damage to the Aceh coral reefs was "occasionally spectacular, but surprisingly limited particularly when compared to the damage from chronic human misuse in the region".

They found "no evidence to support the idea that healthy reefs reduced damage on land".

The good news: "Some of the reefs we saw in Aceh are in excellent condition, despite economic collapse and civil war because in these areas government and traditional management has proved effective".

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