[Coral-List] Call for Contributions: 2006 ASLO Summer Meeting Coral Topical Session

Felix Martinez Felix.Martinez at noaa.gov
Thu Dec 15 14:19:24 EST 2005

The NOAA/NOS/NCCOS Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research will be 
chairing the topical session, /Coral Reef Ecosystem Research and 
Management Objectives/ (TS-E08), at the 2006 ASLO Summer Meeting in 
Victoria, British Columbia (June 4 - 9). 

/What is this session about?/
Despite decades of research, resource managers are challenged by gaps in 
understanding of coral reef ecosystem function, including human causes 
of and adaptation to degradation.  There is a pressing need for 
ecosystem-scale coral reef research providing timely information support 
to resource managers, policy makers and other decision makers.  The 
purpose of this session is to provide a forum for discussing challenges, 
lessons learned, and success stories related to conducting such research 
and facilitating its application.

/Who should participate?/
1) Academic, agency, or NGO researchers conducting biophysical or social 
science research to inform policy, management and other decision making 
related to coral reef ecosystems; and 2) Policy makers, resource 
managers, and other decision makers utilizing such research to improve 
efforts to mitigate and respond to coral reef degradation.

/What could be presented?/
Research projects utilizing biological, physical, and/or social science 
that: 1) contribute decision-relevant understanding of specific coral 
reef phenomena on an ecosystem-scale 2) develop or improve strategies 
for ecosystem-scale prediction, monitoring, mitigation and response to 
coral reef degradation.  We are also interested in exploring the 
challenges and practical value of collaborative efforts between 
government agencies and academia.  Papers from both managers and 
researchers evaluating the utility of these partnerships (both positive 
and negative) are encouraged.

The _abstract deadline is January 20, 2006_.  The "Call for Papers" can 
be accessed at:
Those interested in contributing papers to this session must write TS-08 
as the "session topic code."

For questions or more information on this topical session please feel 
free to contact me at the phone or e-mail below.  For information on the 
meeting and submitting abstracts, please visit the meeting website at: 

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Felix A. Martinez, Ph.D.
Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
N/SCI2, SSMC4 Rm. 8083 	ph: 301-713-3338 x153
1305 East-West Hwy.  		fax: 301-713-4044		
Silver Spring, MD 20910  	email: felix.martinez at noaa.gov

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