According to John Burt, NYUAD's Assistant Professor of Practice of Biology, more than 70 percent of the 3,800 square kilometers of coral reef in the Gulf has been lost, and only three percent of reefs are considered to be relatively undamaged.
NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Institute will convene a three-day public conference on Coral Reefs of the Gulf from January 17-19, 2012. The conference will bring together leading regional and international scientists and environment experts to discuss the current understanding of local coral reefs.
"There is much concern in marine science that coral reefs are reaching their 'tipping point'," said John Burt, marine biologist and NYU Abu Dhabi assistant professor of practice of biology, "when anthropogenic activities will push reefs from being diverse areas dominated by corals to low-diversity, low-abundance ecosystems dominated instead by algae."
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Saadiyat closed to swimmers due to a harmful algal bloom
Saadiyat Beach has been closed to swimmers after a harmful algal bloom was found in the sea surrounding the island. It is understood that the red tide — which is caused when a species of algae called dinoflagellates grow out of control — was discovered at the weekend. The National | May 13, 2018