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2006 Summer American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Meeting. Session TS-E08: "Coral Reef Ecosystem Research and Management Objectives."

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June 4-9, 2006

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The NOAA/NOS/NCCOS Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) is chairing the topical session, TS-E08: “Coral Reef Ecosystem Research and Management Objectives,” at the 2006 ASLO Summer Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia.

Despite decades of research, resource managers are challenged by gaps in understanding of coral reef ecosystem function, including human causes of and adaptation to degradation. There is a pressing need for ecosystem-scale coral reef research providing timely information support to resource managers, policy makers and other decision makers. The purpose of this session is to provide a forum for discussing challenges, lessons learned, and success stories related to conducting such research and facilitating its application. A more detailed session description follows:

TS-E08 - Coral Reef Ecosystem Research and Management Objectives

Coral reefs, one of the most complex of ecosystems on Earth, are subject to constant natural and anthropogenic disturbances that threaten their existence. Resource managers have been hampered while developing and implementing effective management strategies by the fact that after decades of research there are still large gaps in our understanding of coral reef ecosystems function. To address this situation, there is a pressing need to combine basic ecosystem-wide research with applied management objectives in order to provide critical information to resource managers in a timely manner. The purpose of this session is to provide a forum for scientist and resource managers to share the results of their efforts in combining applied needs with basic research to reverse coral reef degradation and to promote discussion of the challenges of such an approach.

Additional Information:

Who should participate?

1) Academic, agency, or NGO researchers conducting biophysical or social science research to inform policy, management and other decision making related to coral reef ecosystems; and 2) policy makers, resource managers, and other decision makers utilizing such research to improve efforts to mitigate and respond to coral reef degradation.

What could be presented?

Research projects utilizing biological, physical, and/or social science that: 1) contribute decision-relevant understanding of specific coral reef phenomena on an ecosystem-scale; and 2) develop or improve strategies for ecosystem-scale prediction, monitoring, mitigation and response to coral reef degradation.

Note: We are also interested in exploring the challenges and practical value of collaborative efforts between government agencies and academia. Papers from both managers and researchers evaluating the utility of these partnerships (both positive and negative) are encouraged.

The abstract deadline is January 20, 2006. The “Call for Papers” can be accessed at: http://www.aslo.org/meetings/victoria2006/files/aslo_2006vic_cfp.pdf . Those interested in contributing papers to this session must write TS-08 as the “session topic code.”

For questions or more information on this topical session, please feel free to contact Felix Martinez ( or 301-713-3338 x153) or Mike Dowgiallo ( or 301-713-3338 x161).  For information on the meeting, please visit the meeting website at: http://www.aslo.org/meetings/victoria2006/