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Applications of Coral Bio-Optics to Coral Reef Management

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dc.contributor.author Hamilton, Samantha Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-20T16:34:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-20T16:34:03Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/15541
dc.description Graduate Project en_US
dc.description.abstract The unabated decline of coral reefs has led to criticisms of both coral reef monitoring and management: monitoring data provides management with a limited capacity to detect current sources of stress acting on the reef, address sources of stress before they significantly affect the reef, and predict future trends in order to prevent further harm. This project evaluates the management merits of developing coral bio-optics, the study of coral pigmentation using underwater spectrometry, into a uniquely precise and proactive reef monitoring methodology and part of a monitoring program. This includes an evaluation of the technology’s ability to pre-emptively detect nutrification and bleaching stress in aquaria. The evaluation informs a discussion of how coral bio-optical monitoring might provide management decision support for the control of human activities in Bermuda’s reef ecosystems, given the country’s recent marine policy initiatives. Recommendations include the implementation of coral bio-optical monitoring to expand our understanding of stresses and pigmentation health, further develop the technology, and apply the technology to monitoring the optical properties of multiple coral species. en_US
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dc.subject coral reef en_US
dc.subject coral en_US
dc.subject bio-optics en_US
dc.subject spectrometry en_US
dc.subject management en_US
dc.subject monitoring en_US
dc.subject nutrification en_US
dc.subject bleaching en_US
dc.subject Bermuda en_US
dc.title Applications of Coral Bio-Optics to Coral Reef Management en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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