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April 18, 2014  

CREIOS Workshops


 

This page provides background and information on the Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrateed Observing System (CREIOS) workshops. These workshops came out of recommendations listed in the CRCP Roadmap for the Future.


Workshop Report
Background Information on the CREIOS Workshops
Pacific Workshop
   Presentations
Atlantic Workshop
   Presentations

The cover of the CREIOS workshops report.
Click on the image to download the full report (pdf, 564 kb).

NOAA CREIOS Workshops Report

The CRCP conducted two regional workshops in Hawai`i (2008) and Puerto Rico (2009) to address its Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrated Observing System (CREIOS).  NOAA scientists with technical expertise in mapping and monitoring coral reef ecosystems met with resource managers and local scientists from all US coral reef jurisdictions, as well as representatives from Federal agencies and Fishery Management Councils.  The facilitated workshops were successful in eliciting priority information needs from managers, and highlighting important issues of concern.  This document presents a summary of the discussions held during both workshops, major outcomes, and next steps.

Citation:   Morgan, J.A. and J.E. Waddell (eds.).  2009.  NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrated Observing System (CREIOS) Workshops Report.  NOAA Technical Memorandum CRCP 9.  NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.  Silver Spring, MD.  68 pp.

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Background Information on the CREIOS Workshops

To effectively manage and conserve coral reefs, resource managers and policy makers need to know:

  • where reefs are located (mapping)
  • what reef resources exist for a given reef (assessment)
  • how the reef resources change over time (monitoring)
  • why the reef resources change over time (environmental and human dimension monitoring)

As part of its efforts to implement the Roadmap for the Future, the CRCP is reviewing its portfolio of monitoring and mapping activities, collectively called theCREIOS, to ensure they are cost-effective, aligned with jurisdictional management needs, and able to deliver products and services in a timely manner to essential users, given funding constraints.  As part of a strategic planning effort to strengthen the link between science and management, the CRCP plans to bring together coral reef ecosystem managers and CRCP scientists in two CREIOS workshops. The objectives of each workshop objectives include: 1) identify mapping and monitoring priorities for local, regional, and national management efforts, 2) identify data and information needed to address current gaps, and 3) identify potential products and new solutions for meeting management needs. These facilitated workshops are intended to be a forum for participants to determine how NOAA's scientific capabilities can best be directed toward addressing location-specific needs articulated by the managers. The outcomes from the workshops will inform strategic long-term funding decisions with regard to the CRCP's CREIOS program.

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Pacific Workshop

The CRCP invited Pacific coral reef ecosystem managers and CRCP scientists to attend a workshop November 18-20, 2008, in Honolulu, Hawai`i.  The workshop served as a forum for discussing managers' needs for monitoring and mapping data to increase understanding of coral reef ecosystems and improve coral reef ecosystem health.  More than 25 representatives from local agencies in Hawai`i, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, as well as the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and the US Department of the Interior, attended this workshop.  NOAA scientists participated alongside the managers, in order to discuss technical and scientific capabilities and understand location-specific needs.

The workshop was successful in determining priority information needs for managers, and highlighted important issues of concern for the Pacific jurisdictions, including the need for increased technical capacity, improved information and data dissemination, and improved communication of scientific information to general audiences. 

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Presentations

During the workshop, presentations were utilized to convey the capabilities and needs of both the jurisdictions and the CRCP.

Jurisdictional Panels

NOAA Capability Panels

National Program Discussion

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Atlantic/Caribbean Workshop

The CRCP invited Atlantic/Caribbean coral reef ecosystem managers and CRCP scientists to attend a workshop May 13-14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The workshop served as a forum for discussing managers’ needs for monitoring and mapping data to increase understanding of coral reef ecosystems and improve coral reef ecosystem health.  The geographic focus will primarily be on Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands (USVI), and to a lesser extent, Navassa Island and coral-dominated banks in the Gulf of Mexico. More than 25 representatives from local agencies in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the USVI attended, as well as staff from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; the Fisheries Management Councils of the South Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico; the US Environmental Protection Agency; and the Department of the Interior. NOAA scientists participated alongside the managers in order to discuss technical and scientific capabilities and understand location-specific needs.

The needs of coral reef managers in the Caribbean are similar to those in the Pacific: high resolution mapping, nearshore hydrography, improved watershed models for island topographies, and applied research, among others. Caribbean managers reiterated the need to translate data into informational products that are more immediately useable by the management community.

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Presentations

During the workshop, presentations were utilized to convey the capabilities and needs of both the jurisdictions and the CRCP.

Jurisdictional Panels

NOAA Capability Panels

National Program Discussion

Supplemental Resources

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CRCP Reprioritization