Articles | Volume 21, issue 8
Research article
20 Apr 2021
Research article |  | 20 Apr 2021

Coral-reef-derived dimethyl sulfide and the climatic impact of the loss of coral reefs

Sonya L. Fiddes, Matthew T. Woodhouse, Todd P. Lane, and Robyn Schofield


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Short summary
Coral reefs are known to produce the aerosol precursor dimethyl sulfide (DMS). Currently, this source of coral DMS is unaccounted for in climate modelling, and the impact of coral reef extinction on aerosol and climate is unknown. In this study, we address this problem using a coupled chemistry–climate model for the first time. We find that coral reefs make a minimal contribution to the aerosol population and are unlikely to play a role in climate modulation.
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