[CDHC] Coral Disease and Health: National Research Plan
Cheryl.Woodley at noaa.gov
Fri Dec 19 19:54:13 EST 2003
Dear CDHC Members:
The Coral Disease and Health Consortium (CDHC), with support from NOAAs
Coral Reef Conservation Program, has published the "Coral Disease and
Health: National Research Plan".
This report presents a series of recommendations to address major gaps
in the research arena of coral diseases and health that were initially
developed during the CDHCs first organizational workshop. The overall
vision of the National Research Plan is to understand and address the
effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on corals in order to
contribute to the preservation and protection of coral reef ecosystems.
Six specific goals are identified that would contribute to this vision,
including: 1) establishment of targeted committees of experts to review,
assess, develop, organize and implement the needs and approaches
highlighted in the report; 2) development of common terminology,
interpretations, monitoring protocols, collection techniques, reporting
standards and laboratory protocols to standardize coral health and
disease research; 3) implementation of targeted research on the
occurrence, causes and effects of declines in coral health; 4) research
on the effects of anthropogenic, environmental and climatic stressors on
coral health; 5) dissemination of technical information and practical
diagnostic tools to managers and scientists to improve their ability to
evaluate, track, predict and manage coral diseases; and 6) improved
multidisciplinary collaborations and cross disciplinary training for
scientists and managers.
The National Research Plan also summarizes the strategic research needs
identified during the workshop under four key themes: 1) establishment
of standard terminology, methodology and protocols; 2) expansion of
knowledge in basic coral physiology, biology and disease etiology; 3)
development of model coral species for laboratory research; and 4)
development of a centralized data/knowledge system, website, repository
and core diagnostic facilities. The CDHC has begun to address the
strategic objectives and recommendations presented in the National
Research Plan through the development of nine targeted committees.
Copies of the report are being sent to each CDHC member.
For additional information or additional copies, please contact Andy
Bruckner at andy.bruckner at noaa.gov or Cheryl Woodley, at
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov.
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