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Vulnerability, fragility, sensitivity, slow recovery

Vulnerable or Fragile


Areas that contain a relatively high proportion of sensitive habitats, biotopes or species that are functionally fragile (highly susceptible to degradation or depletion by human activity or by natural events) or with slow recovery.

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EBSA Illustration Global habitat suitability for reef forming cold-water corals by John Guinotte, Andrew Davies, Jeff Ardron — last modified Sep 09, 2009 01:28 PM
Reef-forming cold water corals are known to be very sensitive to anthropogenic activities, are expected to be heavily impacted by ocean acidification, and are known to have very slow recovery rates. Using known locations of the six reef-forming cold water coral species, amassed from research and cruise data bases (2732 records), we predict areas of suitable coral habitat throughout the world based on 26 environmental conditions. The fine spatial resolution of these predictions (1 km x 1 km) allows for consideration of these possible EBSAs at a scale suitable for conservation measures.
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