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Application of NOAA Coral Reef Watch’s Near-Real-Time Satellite and  Model-Based Decision Support System to Local Coral Reef Management
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Poster Title: Application of NOAA Coral Reef Watch’s Near-Real-Time Satellite and Model-Based Decision Support System to Local Coral Reef Management
Submitted on 20 Jun 2016
Author(s): Jacqueline L. De La Cour, C. Mark. Eakin, Gang Liu, Erick F. Geiger, Scott F. Heron, William J. Skirving, Kyle V. Tirak, Andrea M. Gomez, Alan E. Strong
Affiliations: 1. NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Coral Reef Watch, College Park, MD; 2. NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Coral Reef Watch-ReefSense, Townsville, Australia; 3. Global Science & Technology, Inc., Greenbelt, MD; 4. Ecosystem Science Lab and NOAA-CREST, City College of New York, New York, NY
This poster was presented at The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)
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Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch (CRW) program uses satellite, in-situ, and modeled data to deliver online a global decision support system (DSS) that helps managers prepare for and respond to coral reef environmental stress. Near-real-time satellite products are derived from sea surface temperature, light, wind, and ocean color data. Weekly to seasonal forecasts project future reef conditions, informing national and international assessments, management responses, and conservation planning. CRW’s DSS is the only global early-warning system for the reef environment. It assists environmental impact monitoring, bleaching risk assessments, and preparation/implementation of timely, effective protective responses and adaptation actions. CRW’s alerts of mass bleaching, such as the ongoing global bleaching event, allow managers to communicate quickly with decision makers and the public to reduce local stressors; certain countries have even closed major dive and fishing areas (e.g., 2010). CRW also incorporates climate model predictions to identify regions potentially resilient to climate change, aiding marine protected area planning. This poster discusses applications of CRW’s DSS to local coral reef management. CRW directly engages local stakeholders and incorporates user feedback into product development and enhancement. This ensures CRW can provide coral reef managers worldwide with climate-quality, consistent, authoritative information on present and future severity of threats that lead to coral bleaching, disease and other impacts.Summary: NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) uses satellite, in-situ, and modeled data to deliver a global decision support system (DSS) to help managers prepare for/respond to coral reef environmental stress. It’s the only global early-warning system for reef environments. It assists environmental impact monitoring; bleaching risk assessments; and preparation of timely, effective, protective management responses and long-term conservation actions. This poster highlights key management applications of CRW’s DSS.Report abuse »
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