Long-term coral bleaching assessment of the southeast Florida reef tract; an indicator of climate change?
Summerland Key, FL
The Nature Conservancy
Type Period Note:
NOAA Progress Report, 7/1/2008 - 12/31/2009
The NOAA grant funding was used to implement and analyze the results of the coral bleaching assessment during the 2009 bleaching period as part of the Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP). The coral bleaching assessment was based on a program previously conducted during the summers of 2005-2008. The assessment area covered the reef tract from the Dry Tortugas to Martin County. During the period of this award survey teams were identified, the online-entry database was refined, training workshops were held, permits were received, contracts were created, surveys were completed, data was entered, and results were analyzed. A total of 259 surveys were completed over an eight week period, and data results determined 2009 to be a mild to moderate bleaching year, varying between the different sub-regions.
coral reef resilience
FY2008 CRCP Project ID 1413; Project Title: General Coral Conservation Grants; Principal Investigator: Andy Bruckner. NOAA Award Grant Number: NA08NMF4630455