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Welcome to the Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research Site

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 reefs.

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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 San Diego, 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.


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  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  
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