Integrated Coral Reef Ecosystem Assessments in the U.S-affiliated Pacific Islands. PIFSC External Review, June 24, 2008. Vision Statement.
Integrated Coral Reef Ecosystem Assessments in the U.S-affiliated Pacific Islands
PIFSC External Review, June 24, 2008
CRED leads an integrated, interdisciplinary, ecosystem-based program of research, mapping, and long-term monitoring of coral reef ecosystems of the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands to promote conservation and management through innovative and collaborative science of the highest integrity.
Integrated Ecosystem Observations of ~50 islands and atolls
Benthic Habitat Mapping
Oceanography & Water Quality Monitoring
Long-term Monitoring of Fish, Corals, Algae, Macroinvertebrates, Microbes
Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, Reporting, and Modeling
Comparative analyses across diverse biogeographic, environmental, and anthropogenic gradients
Mean coral cover MHI (9.0 ± 2.3%) comparable to NWHI (10.4 ± 2.0%)
Distribution, composition, abundance (density/cover), and size of corals over time
SGA: Skeletal growth anomalies
WSY: Acute tissue loss
TLS: Subacute tissue loss
HYP: Hyper-pigmented irritations
EFI: Endolithic fungal infection
Distribution, type, and prevalence of disease by coral and algal species over time
Algal composition, both in the NWHI and more broadly across the Pacific region, shows distinct biogeographic patterns. Note different regions of the NWHI: North, Mid, South.
From Vroom & Page (2006)
From Schils and Vroom (in review)
Density of COTS/ha
Distribution and abundance of key macroinvertebrates over time
Outline for Island & Archipelagic Comparison Chapters
Linking science to management:
Presently working on Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Reports for Hawaiian Archipelago & Mariana Archipelago
To be released at ICRS: available for download at: www.pifsc.noaa.gov
Census of Marine Life
Census of Coral Reef Ecosystems (CReefs)
Assessment and monitoring of coral reef biodiversity with a focus primarily on understudied, lesser known, or cryptic invertebrate, algal, and microbial species.
Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS): systematic collectors to monitor indices of invertebrate diversity using molecular techniques.