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Pacific coral reef islands are considered to be among the most vulnerable places on earth to sea level increases. Has their overall area decreased over the past several decades?

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A 2010 paper in the journal Global and Planetary Change found that the combined area of 27 central Pacific coral reef islands studied over 19 to 61 year periods increased by 7%. Among these 27 islands, 86% remained stable or increased in area. Per the paper, the "results of this study contradict widespread perceptions that all reef islands are eroding in response to recent sea level rise."

DocumentationGlobal and Planetary Change PaperGlobal Warming and Sea Levels



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