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CORAL REEF AIRBORNE LABORATORY: AUSTRALIA CAMPAIGN

The COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) is a three-year NASA Earth Venture Suborbital field campaign applying airborne imaging spectroscopy to survey a representative portion of the world’s coral reefs. For each reef surveyed, CORAL determines benthic cover of coral, algae, and sand, and models primary production and calcification. These measures of reef condition are analyzed in the context of prevailing environmental conditions, including physical, chemical, biological, and human factors. The aim is to provide new ecosystem-scale perspective on the relationship between reef condition and biogeophysical forcings. Airborne data products are validated by near-vicarious in-water observations or reef optics, community structure, and metabolism. Here, I present initial results from CORAL’s first campaign to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Islands in September–October 2016.

Author

Hochberg, E. J., Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Bermuda, eric.hochberg@bios.edu

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:096
Date: 02/27/2017
Time: 10:00
Location: 302 A/B

Presentation is given by student: No