Final Report Public Release: A Decision Framework for Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral ReefsOcean Studies Board
June 12, 2019
Join us for the public briefing on a new report: A Decision Framework for Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs. This is the second report of the National Academies Committee on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs.
Increasing greenhouse gas emissions are changing the ocean and coral reef ecosystems along with it: corals are experiencing increases in bleaching and disease, and a reduced ability to grow their hardened reef skeletons. Existing approaches for managing coral reefs are not designed to address these impacts from climate change. A growing toolbox of "coral interventions" are meant to increase coral persistence in a degraded environment, but are largely untested at meaningful scales. How do we evaluate their potential risks, benefits, and suitability for using on a particular reef, compared to taking no additional action? This question is explored in the upcoming report, A Decision Framework for Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs.