These reefs thrive despite climate change.

In this 4-minute video, CNN's Oren Liebermann dives below the surface to understand how corals in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea are resistant to climate change. He interviews scientists at EMBRC's partner, The Inter-University Institute (IUI) for Marine Sciences in Eilat (Israel), including Amatzia Genin (marine ecologist) and Maoz Fine (researcher). 

Reefs are dying everywhere in the world except in the Red Sea. Yet, coral in the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat has never been exposed to bleaching, although the water is heating up. So what's the secret? Researchers say that thousands of years ago the ancestors of the corals here had to come through the southern Red Sea - where the waters are far warmer. Those that survived are accustomed to warm, salty water. 

Researchers says climate change won’t affect the corals here for another 100 years. Researchers at IUI are trying to understand how the reefs will change, if at all. They say this may very well be the last reef refuge - albeit a relatively small one (4km of the 2,000km reef along the Red Sea).

Sabrina Gaber
Communication Officer

Latest news

See all news
THE SEA AND ME
Vaccines and a little-known product called squalene
Today's topic: vaccines and a little-known product called squalene - aka shark liver oil. What's it doing in vaccines? It acts as a boosting agent, or adjuvant, that improves the immune system and makes vaccines more effective.
23 Nov 2020
NEWS
EMBRC launches its new website
EMBRC is proud to announce that it has a new website. You will find information about who we are, how we’re organised, what we do, the services we provide, and who our nine member countries are.
16 Nov 2020
NEWS
Launch of the international project AtlantECO
In September 2020, 36 organisations from 13 different countries launched AtlantECO, an ambitious research project funded by the European Union to explore the Atlantic Ocean from pole to pole. The project will map new and existing knowledge about the microscopic organisms that inhabit rivers, coastal waters, the open ocean, marine sediments and the atmosphere, as well as those found on plastic litter.
15 Oct 2020
THE SEA AND ME
Ocean’s contributions to human health
Today we focus on the ocean’s contributions to human health. Did you know that many of the ocean’s treasures have served as models for human physiology?
12 Oct 2020
NEWS
CORBEL video on European 'Life Science Research Infrastructures'
We are pleased to announce the first CORBEL animated video on European 'Life Science Research Infrastructures' (LS RIs). Watch the video to see how users (in the CORBEL project) took advantage of cutting-edge technologies and resources to advance their life science research projects!
11 Jun 2020
NEWS
MarineTraining.eu now online
We are pleased to announce the launch of the updated MarineTraining.eu website. After many months of hard work and dedication from the Marine Training team at Ghent University, the updated website can now be accessed via www.marinetraining.eu or www.marinetraining.org.
26 Jun 2020