The Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research site (MCR LTER) is
the complex of coral reefs and lagoons that surround the island of Moorea,
French Polynesia. Coral reefs represent one of the most diverse ecosystems
on earth. Unfortunately, the world's coral reefs are disappearing at an
alarming rate. Current estimates indicate that almost 20% of the world's
coral reefs have been lost and another 35% are in serious danger of being
lost by 2050 due to the effects of coastal development, over-fishing and
multiple factors associated with global climate change (GCRMN 2008). The
primary goal of the Moorea Coral Reef Long-term Ecological Research site
is to explore the effects of these external drivers on the fate of coral
The MCR LTER was established in 2004 by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a partnership between the University of California Santa Barbara and California State University, Northridge. MCR researchers include marine scientists from the UC Santa Barbara, CSU Northridge, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, CSU San Marcos, Duke University and the University of Hawaii. Field operations are conducted from the UC Berkeley Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia.
The MCR LTER disseminates data and other research products through a number of sources.
The MCR LTER Information Management System
provides access to MCR core (signature) datasets and
other datasets via our web site
(e.g. NSF LTREB datasets describing changes in coral cover since 1987 in the US Virgin Islands.)
The MCR LTER web site
also provides access to photo and video libraries. MCR scientists present the results of their research at scientific meetings around the world and publish their findings in numerous peer reviewed journals.
A complete and searchable bibliography of MCR related publications is available on our website.