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Coralline red algae: a proxy in climate and ocean acidification studies

Fortunato, Helena


Coralline red algae (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyta) play a major role in the ecology and structure of photic hard bottoms as well as many soft bottoms throughout the world oceans. As major calcifying organisms widely distributed in shallow marine systems and with an extensive fossil record, they can be used as an ideal proxy in environmental and (paleo)climate studies. This paper aims to be a short overview of the major characteristics of corallines as major important carbonate producers in shallow coastal marine areas worldwide and its value as a proxy in climate and ocean acidification research.


proxiescoralline algaeclimate changeocean acidificationrhodophyta