Response of coral calcification to environmental stress over the recent decades along an environmental gradient of water quality
This study aims to provide historical information on key environmental parameters and describe the current trends of coral growth in Bonaire. In particular, we aim to reconstruct changes in terrestrial runoff and bleaching stress events and establish their effects on the calcification rates for Siderastrea spp corals around Bonaire over multiple decades. For this coral cores of Siderastrea sppcorals will be used to reconstruct the changes in calcification and environmental parameters along a gradient of terrestrial influence and anthropogenic activity. During March 2023 15 coral cores were collected from Siderastrea spp colonies at four locations around the west coast of Bonaire.