blue spacer underwater snapshot

Useful Links


National Science Foundation and Long-Term Ecological Networks

National Science Foundation National Science Foundation
The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to "promote the progress of science." NSF is the major funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities, and is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology and zoology
LTER Network US LTER Network
The National Science Foundation established the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program in 1980 to support research on long-term ecological phenomena in the United States. The LTER network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1800 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales at 26 NSF LTER sites representing a diverse array of ecosystems. The Network promotes synthesis and comparative research across sites and ecosystems and among other related national and international research programs.
The International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) Network is a 'network of networks,' a global network of over 40 national research networks of sites located in a wide array of ecosystems worldwide that can help understand environmental changes across the globe. ILTER's focus is on long-term, site-based research. The US LTER network is one national component of the ILTER network.

Observing Networks and Organizations Tracking the Long-term status of Coral Reefs World-wide

The Coral Reef Environmental Observatory Network (CREON) is a collaborating association of scientists and engineers from around the world striving to design and build marine sensor networks for use in tracking the health of the world's coral reefs.
The Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observing System (GBROOS) is an observation network that seeks to understand the influence of the Coral Sea on continental shelf ecosystems in north-east Queensland including the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park.  GBROOS is the world's first reef-based IP data network, giving researchers an unprecedented range of data on reef conditions and enabling them to better track changes and impacts.
LTREB logo NSF LTREB US Virgin Islands
This project focuses on the long-term community dynamics of shallow coral reefs on the south shore of St. John. The project began in 1987 and consists of permanently marked areas that are photographed annually for the analysis of benthic community structure and areas that are censused annually for the density of juvenile corals. The project described here is an independent academic effort led by Dr. Peter Edmunds from California State University, Northridge.
NOAA ICON Project NOAA Coral Health and Monitoring Program
NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) provides services and information on coral health and monitoring for researchers and the public in order to help improve and sustain coral reef health throughout the world.  CHAMP provides near real-time data products derived from satellite images and monitoring stations at coral reef areas as well as a data repository for historical data collected from coral reef areas throughout the world.
NOAA ICON Project NOAA Integrated Coral Observing Network
The NOAA Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON) provides Integrated and near real-time coral reef data for coral researchers, Marine Protected Area personnel, and the public.  ICON is a component of NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP).
GCRMN Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network
The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) seeksto improve management and conservation of coral reefs by providing manuals, equipment, databases, training, problem solving, and helps with finding funds for reef monitoring - all coordinated in a global network.
Reef Base Reef Base
The mission of Reef Base is to improve the sharing and use of data, information, and knowledge in support of research and management of coral reef resources.
Reef Check Reef Check Foundation
The Reef Check Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of tropical coral reefs. With volunteer teams in more than 80 countries, Reef Check works to create partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other non-profits to educate the public about the value of reef ecosystems and the current crisis affecting marine life as well as to create a global network of volunteer teams who regularly monitor and report on reef health around the world.
ARC Pacific Reef Fish Collaboration
The Pacific Reef Fish Collaboration is an initiative among reef biologists to assess human impacts on reef fish communities across the Pacific.

Organizations Associated with Coral Reef Research/Restoration

CRCP Coral Reef Conservation Program
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) works towards effectively addressing each of the top three threats to coral reef ecosystems, climate change impacts, fishing impacts, and impacts from land-based sources of pollution, both on domestic and international fronts.
HIMB Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is a world-renowned marine research institute of the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  Research at HIMB covers many disciplines of tropical marine science such as coral ecology, biogeochemistry, and evolutionary genetics.
AIMS Australian Institute of Marine Sciences
The Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) is committed to the protection and sustainable use of Australia's marine resources. Its research programs support the management of tropical marine environments around the world, with a primary focus on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the pristine Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia and northwest Australia.
ARC Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies undertakes world-best integrated research for sustainable use and management of coral reefs.  The Centre of Excellence cements Australia's leading contribution to coral reef sciences, and fosters stronger collaborative links between the major partners and 24 other leading institutions in nine countries.
CRIOBE Le Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environment
Since its establishment in 1971 on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia, a central theme of the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement (Insular Research Center and Environment Observatory or CRIOBE) research on coral reefs has been to integrate long-term ecosystem monitoring in order to measure the degree of resilience reefs exhibit in response to natural and anthropogenic impacts. CRIOBE maintains the longest temporal series of monitoring data on a coral reef ecosystem in the Pacific.
NMBA National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) in Kenting, Taiwan is devoted to research focusing on the breeding and husbandry of corals as well as to research on the current status of coral reefs in the waters surrrounding Taiwan.

Major Coral Reef Initiatives

ICRI International Coral Reef Initiative
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is a partnership among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations. It strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems. 
NOAA ICON Project US Coral Reef Initiative
The U.S. Coral Reef Initiative (USCRI) is designed to be a platform of U.S. support for domestic and international coral conservation efforts. The goal is to strengthen and fill the gaps in existing efforts to conserve and sustainably manage coral reefs and related ecosystems (sea grass beds and mangrove forests) in U.S. waters.
CRISP Coral Reef Initiatives for the Pacific
The Coral Reef InitiativeS for the Pacific (CRISP) aims to develop a vision for the future of coral reefs and the communities that depend on them and to introduce strategies and projects to conserve their biodiversity, while developing the economic and environmental services that they provide both locally and globally.
IFRECOR French Coral Reef Initiative
The French Coral Reef Initiative (IFRECOR) is a national initiative for overseas territories with coral reefs. The initiative encompasses all actions and measures concerning reefs and its main issues are the protection and sustainable management of coral reefs of France's overseas territories. IFRECOR is jointly hosted by the French Ministries of Ecology and Sustainable Development, and by the Foreign Ministry.

Organizations involved with Technological Innovations in the Monitoring of Coral Reefs

Earth Cube logo Earth Cube
MCR LTER scientists, students and information manager have participated in the Earth Cube visioning workshops. For more information click here.
CalIT2 CalIT2
The Cailifornia Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CalIT2) represents a new mechanism to address large-scale societal issues by bringing together multidisciplinary teams of the best minds.  CalIT2 is involved in cutting edge research into new advances in information technology and data visualizations that can be applied to coral reef research.
PRAGMA Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly
The Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) was formed in 2002 to establish sustained collaborations and advance the use of grid technologies in applications among a community of investigators working with leading institutions around the Pacific Rim. Advances made by PRAGMA member researchers are aiding in studies of caoral reefs around the Pacific rim.
OSDT Open Source Data Turbine Initiative
The Open Source Data Turbine Initiative (Data Turbine) is enabling technology for NSF’s vision of the large-scale sensor-based Observing Systems needed to address the National Research Council’s “Grand Challenges” for environmental science. Streaming data middleware is an essential component of the systems cyberinfrastructure, providing the foundation for reliable data acquisition and instrument management services.  Data Turbine enables streaming data from sensors deployed on coral reefs in several countries around the world.
GLEON Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network
The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) is a grassroots network of limnologists, ecologists, information technology experts, and engineers who have a common goal of building a scalable, persistent network of lake ecology observatories.  The goal of GLEON affiliated researchers is to understand, predict, and communicate the impact of natural and anthropogenic influences on lake and reservoir ecosystems. GLEON is a sister organization to CREON, the Coral Reef Environmental Observatory Network.

Other Coral Reef Research in Moorea, French Polynesia

Gump Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station
The focus of the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station (Gump) is field-based scientific research and advanced training.  One of the primary missions of the Gump Station is to develop Moorea as a model system to understand how physical, biological, and cultural processes interact to shape tropical socio-ecosystems, particularly coral reefs.
Biocode Moorea Biocode
Based at the UC Berkeley Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station and France's CNRS-EPHE Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environnement (CRIOBE), the Moorea Biocode Project (Biocode) aims to create the first comprehensive inventory of all non-microbial life in a complex tropical ecosystem.  A library of genetic markers and physical identifiers for every species of plant, animal and fungi on the island including corals is being constructed. This database will be publicly available as a resource for ecologists and evolutionary biologists around the world.
MIRADA LTERs is carrying out a Microbial Biodiversity Survey and Inventory across all the major aquatic (marine and freshwater) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites established by the NSF’s US LTER Program. Their inventory takes advantage of the aquatic sampling locations that are part of the established LTER network of sites and builds on existing infrastructure for coordination at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts set in place by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supported Census of Marine Life (CoML) ocean realm project called the International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM).
General Information about Coral Reefs and the Status of Coral Reefs
NOAA ICON Project Coral Reef Watch
NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program's satellite data provide current reef environmental conditions to quickly identify areas at risk for coral bleaching.  Continuous monitoring of sea surface temperature at global scales provides researchers, stakeholders and the general public with tools to understand the complex interactions leading to coral bleaching.  The Coral Reef Watch program is a component of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.
National Geographic National Geographic Society
Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888.  Over the years, National Geographic has awarded more than 8,000 grants for exploration, research, and conservation efforts. The Society supports and funds explorers from traditional and emerging disciplines that bring exciting new discoveries to the general public directly from the field.
National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids
A site designed especially for children that brings to life the exploration, research and conservation activities carried out by scientists and journalists affilaited with the National Geographic Society.  Articles are available that document the current state of the world's coral reefs and highlight some of the primary problems that threaten their continued existence.
Whyville Whyville
Whyville is an educational Internet site geared towards preteens and children. Its goal is to engage its users in learning about a broad range of topics, from science and business to art and geography.  Launched in 1999, by Numedeon Inc, Whyville was one of the first virtual worlds for children, and is one of the few virtual worlds whose purpose is primarily educational.  The Whyville Reef activity encourages children to conduct their own surveys of the animals found on coral reefs.
Schoolyard LTER Schoolyard LTER
Education is integral to the NSF LTER Mission, and LTER has begun a broad-scale, long-term effort to combine scientific research and science education.  The Moorea Coral Reef LTER site's Schoolyard LTER website contains standards-based curricula available for free download that focus on the coral reef ecosystem and current MCR LTER research. These hands-on activities are a great way for educators to teach Life Science and Investigation content standards in their classrooms.


white spacer white spacer
  NSF LTER logo This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research program under Cooperative Agreement #OCE-0417412 and #OCE-1026851. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Moore Foundation logo  
Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Valid CSS!