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Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies Near Completion

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science met in Puerto Rico on January 10-12 to discuss integrating results of the NCCOS-funded Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies (CRES) grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide science-based recommendations for management to ameliorate the decline of coral reef ecosystems in the U.S. Caribbean. The multidisciplinary effort combines expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, modeling, and socioeconomics from several institutions outside of NOAA including  the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Puerto Rico, and the University of Miami. To date, the CRES grant has led to the publication of 16 peer-reviewed journal articles and technical memoranda, and will culminate with a conference to be held in La Parguera, Puerto Rico in October 2008. Project information is available online at

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