Fact Sheet 2010–3103
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coral Reef Ecosystem STudies (CREST) Project specifically addresses priorities identified in the U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1364, "Strategic Science for Coral Ecosystems" (USGS, 2007). Research includes a blend of historical, monitoring, and process studies aimed at improving our understanding of the development, current status, and function, as well as likely future changes in coral ecosystems. Topics such as habitat characterization and distribution, coral disease, and trends in biogenic calcification and climate are major focus areas. We seek to increase the understanding of reef structure, ecological functioning, and responses to global change.
First posted January 28, 2011
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Poore, R.Z., Kuffner, I.B., and Kellogg, C.A., 2010, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center coral reef research: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3103, 2 p.