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Module 3: Marine ecosystems and climate change

Welcome to Module 3 of our “Marine conservation in the Maldives” course. In this third module, our invited lecturers will introduce you to the major marine ecosystems that can be found in the Maldives, their most important threats and some solutions to local and global problems.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will learn that:

  • coral reef ecosystems are among the most productive in the world but also among the most fragile;
  • local and global stressors can affect reef survival;
  • coral reef health is dependent on microbes among other parameters;
  • a reef that is damaged will have less resilience (and thus less chance of surviving) in case of sea temperature raises.

Lectures in this module

How microbes control the health of the reef

Coral Reefs are often referred to as the rainforests of the sea. They harbour a large diversity of life, offer a natural coastal defence to prevent land erosion, are important nurseries of many fish species and are a large draw for tourists bringing in su…