Featured Coral Publications

Below is a sampling of publications generated by NOAA's coral ecosystem activities. Visit the Featured Archive to see a past list of highlighted publications. To access a complete list of NOAA coral ecosystem related publications, use the CoRIS Geoportal ( search tool.

SEFSC Coral Reef Program: FY 2015 Project Accomplishments Report

This annual accomplishments report provides information on the activities and accomplishments of SEFSC projects funded by the CRCP in FY15.

Warming Trends and Bleaching Stress of the World's Coral Reefs 1985-2012

This paper seeks to address this perceived gap in knowledge by analyzing satellite temperature data from 1985-2012 in order to assess and provide ways to understand thermal history trends and patterns for reefs worldwide.

Climate-Smart Design for Ecosystem Management: A Test Application for Coral Reefs

This document contains guidelines developed by the Corals and Climate Adaptation Planning project of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force for improving coral reef management through a climate-smart approach. The work presented in this paper is an examination of this approach, how it can be applied to coral reefs, and feedback from stakeholders on how useful they found this approach to be.

New Tool to Assist With Assessing Coral Reef Impacts and Mitigation

Project applicants, proponents, permittees working in marine areas that support coral reefs and coral reef and coastal resource managers and regulators now have a new tool to assist them in understanding and avoiding and minimizing impacts to coral reefs and identifying potential options to compensate for unavoidable coral reef impacts. The Handbook on Coral Reef Impacts: Avoidance, Minimization, Compensatory Mitigation and Restoration is a product of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Coral Injury and Mitigation Working Group.

Adaptation Design Tool: Corals & Climate Adaptation Planning

The Adaptation Design Tool of the Corals & Climate Adaptation Planning (CCAP) project was created to help coral reef managers incorporate climate-smart design into their programs and projects at any stage of planning and implementation. The Adaptation Design Tool can be used to incorporate climate change adaptation into management plans using existing planned actions as a starting point, and also to guide development of additional climate-smart strategies as needed.

An Integrated Environmental Assessment of the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER)

This report represents the culmination of three years of research by NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) and local partners, in the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The purpose of this work was to provide local resource managers with a spatially comprehensive characterization of stressors including chemical contaminants, nutrients, and sedimentation along with their effects, and a biological survey of the entire STEER.

Field Identification Guide to the Threatened Corals of the U.S. Pacific Islands

In September, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) listed 15 Indo-Pacific coral species as "threatened" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Many Indo-Pacific corals are quite difficult to identify to species, but identification is necessary for implementation of the listings. This guide is intended to help with identification of colonies of these species living on the coral reefs of U.S. Pacific areas, namely American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the U.S Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA).

Relative resilience potential and bleaching severity in the West Hawaii Habitat Focus Area in 2015

This report presents results from resilience and bleaching surveys conducted at two different depths along priority areas of South Kohala and North Kona in October of 2015. These surveys were conducted as a collaborative effort with the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), The Nature Conservancy, SymbioSeas, NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program, and community organizations.