NOAA 99-R308
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pat Viets
6/4/99

WORKSHOP ON CORAL REEFS TO BE HELD IN HAWAII, NOAA ANNOUNCES

The use of satellites to monitor coral reefs is the focus of an international workshop to be held June 7-10 at the East-West Center, Honolulu, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today.

The workshop will address coral reef research from the vantage point of satellites. Participants will assess the present state of remote sensing activities and capabilities in the coral reef ecosystem and will discuss coral bleaching. Scientists will give presentations on remote sensing of sea surface temperatures and coral bleaching, ocean surface winds, the use of ocean color, and the use of data from Landsat and SPOT satellites, and discuss Hawaii reef mapping using the Geographic Information System.

Workshop groups will develop and draft recommendations on organizing international programs to monitor reefs, using satellite data and making that data available for reef management, and proposing new research and sensors needed to adequately study reefs. Representatives from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will discuss details of their collaboration with NOAA scientists and others on coral reef assessment and monitoring projects.

Proceedings of the workshop, including "Draft Recommendations for Action," will be prepared from the speakers' presentations and the breakout groups' proposals. A scientific conference resulting from these discussions and recommendations will be planned for 2000 or 2001.

The workshop is sponsored by NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; NOAA's Coastal Services Center; and the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, based in the Philippines. For more information, visit the Web site at: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/coral_reefs/index.html