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Coral Reef Ecological Forecasting

All of CSCOR's Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies programs are required to develop tools, such as ecological forecasting models and/or data syntheses for decision making, to assist local resource managers in predicting ecosystem health as a result of certain ecological impacts (e.g. climate change, coastal land-use, invasive species, extreme events, contaminants, etc.). Such tools must have the capacity to predict ecosystem health following alternative management actions, in order to assess and prioritize management strategies.

The predictive capabilities that result from CSCOR's ecosystem-level research are used to produce ecological forecasts that then lead to better decision-making, better communication between scientists and managers, and help to set science priorities for the future.