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Fact Sheet 2010–3085

Corals as Climate Recorders

By Jennifer A. Flannery and Richard Z. Poore

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST) Project is analyzing corals from various sites in the Caribbean region, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne National Park, other areas of the Florida Keys, and the Virgin Islands. The objective of this project is to develop records of past environmental change to better our understanding of climate variability. The records are being used to document changes over the last few centuries and to determine how corals and coral reefs have responded to any changes.

First posted February 11, 2011

For additional information contact:
Jennifer A. Flannery
U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Suggested citation:

Flannery, J.A., and Poore, R.Z., 2010, Corals as climate recorders: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3085, 2 p.

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