Expanded research into coral reef island behaviour, may help dispel legal uncertainties and solidify claims around maritime zones, experts believe.
Is climate disrupting maritime boundaries?
Climate change is disrupting the shape and presence of coral islands across the Indo-Pacific, creating uncertainties for legal maritime zones and small states, say legal experts.
Atolls and reefs naturally grow and shrink due to complex processes yet to be fully understood.
However global warming is disrupting them further and leading to fresh uncertainties, according to research conducted at the University of Sydney.
Lead author Dr Thomas Fellowes says new technologies and approaches coupled with expanded analysis of coral behaviour may be needed to help dispel some of the precariousness and solidify claims.