On Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 11:00am HST, 5:00pm EDT (Guam: Friday, April 17, 7:00am ChST), Jeff Maynard from the Marine Applied Research Center in Wilmington, NC will give a webinar presentation on his project:
Assessing the Relative Resilience Potential of Coral Reefs to Inform Management in the Northern Mariana Islands
Reducing coral reef vulnerability to climate change requires that managers understand and support the natural resilience of coral reefs. To assist these managers, a team of researchers, supported by the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, undertook a project to: 1) assess ecological resilience in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), which is in the west Pacific near Guam, and 2) collaboratively develop a decision-support framework with local management partners for resilience-based management.
The team used an approach that included surveys of 78 sites along reefs surrounding the most populated islands in CNMI (Saipan, Tinian/Aguijan, and Rota), data from environmental monitoring satellites and computer models, an analysis of ‘indicators’ of the processes that underlie reef resilience (e.g., recruitment of new corals), and an assessment of proxies of anthropogenic stress (land-based sources of pollution and accessibility due to wave exposure). The project resulted in a set of scores for relative resilience potential and allowed the team to rank the survey sites within and among the islands from high to low resilience and develop a set of custom criteria for a decision-support framework that can identify sites that warrant management attention.
Join us to learn more about the project results and the way that local managers in CNMI are using these results to inform decisions!