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  1. Why Now? • Climate change impacts on coral reefs among the • fundamental marine environmental issues of this century • Major funding opportunities through NSF, NOAA, • private foundations (Pew Foundation, etc.) • Why in Hawaii? • -Great natural advantage - largest most pristine reef system • in USA (world?) • Easy access to reefs suffering a broad range of impacts • High public awareness of importance of coral reef • Ecosystems & ecotourism • Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument • Why in Oceanography ? • Study of impacts interdisciplinary in nature, involving: • Physical/chemical processes - acidification • - sea-surface warming • - larval transport • - Community/Ecosystems Ecology • - competition & predation • - recruitment and dispersal dynamics (connectivity) • - Biological/Physical Modeling - forecasting physical/chemical changes in the ocean • - predicting population/ecosystem responses • Climate change impacts on coral reefs are at intersection of Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography Need for Coral Reef/Climate Change Ecologist

  2. Why in Oceanography ? • Research on coral ecosystem impacts interdisciplinary • in nature: • Physical/chemical processes - acidification • - sea-surface warming • - larval transport • - Community/Ecosystems Processes • - competition & predation • - recruitment and dispersal dynamics (connectivity) • - Biological/Physical Modeling - forecasting physical/chemical changes in the ocean • - predicting population/ecosystem responses • - Ocean observing - in situ to remote sensing • Climate change impacts on coral reefs are at intersection of Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography! Hoegh-Guldberg et a. 2007

  3. Teaching gaps to be filled by Coral Reef/Climate Change Oceanographer: • coral reef ecology and climate change in GES Program • Coral reef ecology from Oceanography graduate courses • Advising/support of graduate students and GES undergradutes • Help the 7 instructional faculty in Biological Oceanography offer full BO graduate curriculum Conclusion: Coral reef/climate change ecologist could contribute fundamentally to O Dept and SOEST in research, funding, teaching , and community service Hoegh-Guldberg et a. 2007