Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances on the Marine Habitats

Aim: To understand the resilience of the marine ecosystems to natural and anthropogenic disturbances.

Objectives: Baseline data on the composition of coralligenous habitats in relation to inputs of terrestrial and atmospheric nutrients. Document the occurrence of mass mortality and bleaching of corals associated to sea warming events. Study of the cascading effects of non-native marine species (e.g. Lessepsian) on the coralligenous habitats. Impacts of swells and storms on the shallow water coralligenous habitats. Effects of changes on the sea level on vermetid reefs.

Study Sites: Shallow and deep waters around Cyprus, particularly Akamas, Akrotiri and Karpas Peninsulas, Cape Greco to Cape Pyla areas, Protaras, Kerynia.