Resilience Assessment of Coral Reefs: Rapid Assessment Protocol for Coral Reefs, Focusing on Coral Bleaching and Thermal Stress

David Obura and Gabriel Grimsditch
Posted on: 5/19/2009 - Updated on: 1/20/2023

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The primary focus of this assessment protocol is on the effect of climate change on thermal stress on corals, for which the strong drivers are added into the general model. Many other processes may affect this model and can be incorporated as needed for a particular instance, the resilience framework providing a context to help identify the strong drivers that maintain reef health and minimize vulnerability.


Obura, D. O., & Grimsditch, G. (2009). Resilience assessment of coral reefs – Assessment protocol for coral reefs, focusing on coral bleaching and thermal stress (IUCN Resilience Science Group Working Paper Series – No 5). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. Retrieved from CAKE:


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