Seagrass beds in Western Australia not recovered from 2011 heat wave

Seagrasses in world heritage site has not recovered years after heat wave

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 11:42 AM PDT

Massive seagrass beds in Western Australia’s Shark Bay — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — haven’t recovered much from the devastating heat wave of 2011, according to a new study demonstrating how certain vital ecosystems may change drastically in a warming climate.

RJ Nowicki, JA Thomson, DA Burkholder, JW Fourqurean, MR Heithaus. Predicting seagrass recovery times and their implications following an extreme climate event. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2017; 567: 79 DOI: 10.3354/meps12029