New Committee Announced for Study on Coral Reef Resilience
February 1, 2018
In January, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed a new committee to conduct a study on interventions to increase the resilience of coral reefs. The provisional committee includes international experts who cover a range of expertise.
Climate change is increasingly threatening coral reefs across the globe, causing mass coral bleaching events and disease outbreaks. A growing body of scientific literature has explored novel ecological and genetic interventions that have the potential to enhance the recovery and persistence of coral reefs threatened by rapidly deteriorating environmental conditions.
Over the next year, the committee will evaluate research of novel intervention strategies and the potential ecological benefits and risks associated with each. Their findings will include a decision-making framework and recommendations on the most promising paths forward, both for further research and implementation.
Public input will play a critical role in this study and efforts to enhance coral resilience. The committee will host four public meetings to solicit input. Scientists, managers and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend and share their opinions, research, observations from field work or other testimony.
Please check back for more information on the public meetings as it becomes available.
Public Meeting 1: February 8, 2018
The provisional committee’s first meeting will be on February 8 in Washington, DC. It will include an open public session from 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET. The session will feature perspectives from NOAA and other stakeholders. The provisional commitee is open for public comment until February 6, 2018. Click here for more details and to register.
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program was established in 2000 by the Coral Reef Conservation Act. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the program is part of NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.