The “10 Most Fascinating People of Bermuda 2016″ series continues today with the fourth video release featuring Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley.
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.
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.
BIOS Adjunct scientist, Dr. Samia Sarkis, helped launch the Coral Garden Initiative in June; the project is the brainchild of Living Reefs Foundation, which started in 2013.
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
NASA and top scientists from around the world are launching a three-year campaign Thursday to gather new data on coral reefs like never before.
The GREAT BARRIER REEF, transposed to North America’s west coast, would stretch from Baja California to British Columbia. “How do you study that big of an area by doing hour-long hikes?,” says Eric Hochberg, a marine biologist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.
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.
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.
The CORAL mission, launching this month, is getting the big picture view of the Pacific’s coral reefs.
Satellites and research aeroplanes could offer a better, broader view of coral health.
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.
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.
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.
Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If that doesn't happen, we could see far-reaching and largely irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, which would especially be felt in developing countries.
A recently released report on the health of coral reefs in the Caribbean over the past 40 years by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) looks at long-term changes in coral and fish populations across the region, and at the various environmental stressors that have impacted them.
Former Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) intern, Beth McKenna's senior thesis examines the delicate environmental balance of coral reefs.
Research shows that reefs are able to counteract the trend toward acidity through their own biochemistry, but at a cost.