Coral reef session at Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu

Mike Field mfield at
Mon Sep 10 16:05:55 EDT 2001

There will be a special session on coral reefs at the 2002 Ocean Sciences
Meeting in Honolulu, Feb 11-15, 2002.  We encourage colleagues to submit
abstracts on their latest research results to Session OS 11,  "CORAL REEF
of the session is provided below.

Important dates are:
November 1, 2001 - Deadline for receipt of the Postal/Express Mail Abstracts
November 8, 2001 at 1400 UTC - Deadline for receipt of the Electronic Abstract

For more information, go to:


During the past five years there has been an unprecedented explosion of
scientific investigations to map, assess, monitor, and understand coral
reef habitats. The driving impetus for the marked increase in studies was,
and continues to be, the recognition that human activities are having a
pronounced and measurable deleterious effect on reefs. Exacerbated coastal
sedimentation and pollution, over-fishing, and ocean warming are but a few
of the impacts leading to stress, increased disease, bleaching, and
necrosis. The complexities of coral reef habitats and the threats that
they face has led to studies that integrate science across a wide spectrum
of disciplines. Geodesy, sediment dynamics, remote sensing, geochemistry,
and coastal circulation are being joined with traditional disciplines in
ecology, geology, and zoology to provide new perspectives and new answers.
This session focuses on contributions about advancements in understanding
coral reef habitats through the integration of coastal science. New
methods and technologies for remote sensing and long term monitoring of
coral reefs will be highlighted, as will new understanding of the controls
on reef health and sustainability.

Michael Field, University of California, Santa Cruz, US Geological Survey
Pacific Science Center 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 94076 USA, email:
mfield at, 


Paul Jokiel, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Institute of Marine
Biology P.O.Box 1346 , Kaneohe, HI 96744 USA, email:  jokiel at

Michael E. Field
US Geological Survey
Pacific Science Center
University of California Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-3428;   FAX: (831) 459-2336

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