Study Reveals Corals’ Influence On Reef Microbes

As they grow, corals are bathed in a sea of marine microbes, such as bacteria, algae, and viruses. While these extremely abundant and tiny microorganisms influence coral communities in a variety of ways, a new study by researchers at WHOI, BIOS and UCSB reveals that corals also have an impact on the microbes in waters surrounding them.

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Billions Committed at Our Oceans Conference

Participants in the third Our Ocean conference, held September 15-16 in Washington, D.C., announced over 136 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection valued at more than $5.24 billion, as well as new commitments on the protection of almost four million square kilometers (over 1.5 million square miles) of the ocean.

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NASA to map coral reefs from the air to show impact of climate change

Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of larger reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems. But Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about 23,000 ft above. Read more at TheGuardian.com

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New NASA Instrument Brings Coasts and Coral into Focus

The new Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer (PRISM), created at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is an airborne instrument designed to observe hard-to-see coastal water phenomena. In NASA's upcoming Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) field experiment, PRISM will observe entire reef ecosystems in more of the world's reef area - hundreds of times more -- than has ever been observed before.

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NASA takes 23,000-foot view of the world’s coral reefs

Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of larger reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems. But NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about 23,000 feet above.

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Five things about coral, and CORAL

NASA's new COral Reef Airborne Laboratory, or CORAL, will kick off its data-gathering phase with an operational readiness test on Oahu, Hawaii, from June 6 to 16. Over the next year, CORAL will visit representative reefs from Hawaii to Australia to collect detailed measurements needed for a better fundamental understanding of these valuable ecosystems. Here are a few of the many things that make CORAL an exciting science investigation.

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Media Invited Behind the Scenes of NASA Coral Reef Study in Hawaii

NASA's new Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL), a three-year field study of Earth’s valuable coral reef ecosystems, is mounting an operations readiness test in Kane‘ohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, in early June. Media are invited to meet the scientists, learn about the mission and see CORAL research equipment on June 9, from noon to 4 p.m. HST at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on Moku o Loʻe (Coconut) Island in Kane‘ohe Bay.

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New study links global ocean processes with local coral reef chemistry

Five years of data collected on reefs and offshore in Bermuda shows that coral reef chemistry – and perhaps the future success of corals – is tied not only to the human carbon emissions causing systematic ocean acidification, but also to seasonal and decadal cycles in the open waters of the Atlantic, and the balance of biochemical processes in the coral reef community. 

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