1. New imaging platform examines mechanisms behind coral bleaching

    New imaging platform examines mechanisms behind coral bleaching

    As coral reefs deteriorate in the face of climate change, an interdisciplinary Northwestern Engineering research team has developed an innovative method to image coral nanoscale structures and quantify pigment absorption in live corals, an indicator of coral health. The imaging platform could become a valuable tool to help marine biologists better understand coral physiology as well measure and monitor coral health. Reef building corals provide a home to more than 1 million species in our oceans. Yet increasing ocean temperatures have given rise to coral bleaching, a phenomenon where corals expel their life-providing algae, jeopardizing the health and sustainability of ...

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    1. Coral reefs provide critically important ecosystems, but they are bleaching at alarming rates due to global warming.
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