Sensitivity to Natural Events
Following Holt et al. (1995), McLeod (1996) and Hiscock (in prep) both
sensitivity (the likelihood that an organism or community will suffer damage or death when
exposed to an external factor) and vulnerability (the likelihood of exposure to an
external factor) have been taken into consideration under the general heading of
Some repetition between this chapter and chapter IV (biological and
ecological functioning) is unavoidable, though this has been minimised as far as possible.
In the main, only instances where ecological events or conditions seem likely to have
important effects on biogenic reefs are considered here.