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Reefscape: A global reef survey to build better satellites for coral conservation

While science has fully documented only a small portion of reef species that occur around our planet, we know that human activities have taken an extensive toll on reef ecosystems worldwide...This post is the first in a series that will chronicle field work ongoing for the next year to develop an understanding of reef characteristics that need to be monitored from Earth orbit.

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Global gathering to tackle coral reef crisis

Current and emerging leaders converged in the Great Barrier Reef to learn and share ideas for tackling the crucial challenge of protecting coral reefs as part of the 2017 International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Program.

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Tracing the influence of land-use change on water quality and coral reefs using a Bayesian model

Coastal ecosystems can be degraded by poor water quality. Tracing the causes of poor water quality
back to land-use change is necessary to target catchment management for coastal zone management.
However, existing models for tracing the sources of pollution require extensive data-sets which are not
available for many of the world’s coral reef regions that may have severe water quality issues. Here we
develop a hierarchical Bayesian model that uses freely available satellite data to infer the connection

To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people

There is growing concern that the world’s oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs.

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Milestone reached for project to breed bleaching-resistant corals

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority are supporting a project to breed bleaching-resistant corals. The project, called Sea-quence, is examining coral genetics to determine why reefs of similar species are bleaching in Australian waters but surviving in the Red Sea.

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Interactions between sea-level rise and wave exposure on reef island dynamics in the Solomon Islands

Low-lying reef islands in the Solomon Islands provide a valuable window into the future impacts of
global sea-level rise. Sea-level rise has been predicted to cause widespread erosion and inundation of
low-lying atolls in the central Pacific. However, the limited research on reef islands in the western
Pacific indicates the majority of shoreline changes and inundation to date result from extreme events,
seawalls and inappropriate development rather than sea-level rise alone. Here, we present the first

United States marine national monuments are a world legacy

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and many others use “marine national monument” to refer to the four large Pacific protected areas created in 2006 and 2009, U.S. presidents have been using the Antiquities Act to protect marine ecosystems since 1961...

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International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) & UN Environment Grants Programme 2017


This grants programme is a joint initiative of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment, to catalyze implementation of the ICRI Plan of Action 2016-2018 and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution 2/12 on sustainable coral reefs management. Grants under this programme are funded by UN Environment through contributions from France and the Principality of Monaco.