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USGS research on Atlantic coral reef ecosystems

October 23, 2015


Coral reefs are massive, biomineralized structures that protect coastal communities by acting as barriers to hazards such as hurricanes and tsunamis. They provide sand for beaches through the natural process of erosion, support tourism and recreational industries, and provide essential habitat for fisheries. The continuing global degradation of coral reef ecosystems is well documented. There is a need for focused, coordinated science to understand the complex physical and biological processes and interactions that are impacting the condition of coral reefs and their ability to respond to a changing environment.

Publication Year 2015
Title USGS research on Atlantic coral reef ecosystems
DOI 10.3133/fs20153073
Authors Ilsa B. Kuffner, Kimberly K. Yates, David G. Zawada, Julie N. Richey, Christina A. Kellogg, Lauren T. Toth
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2015-3073
Index ID fs20153073
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center