[Coral-List] Education of the masses

Antares Ramos Álvarez antares at aya.yale.edu
Thu Jul 31 15:48:18 EDT 2008

Dear Coral List,

I am so happy about the discussing my initial email has caused.
Thank you for all that have given magnificent insights.
I have another comment.  When I wrote the email suggesting the mass
education effort through billboards, for example, the audience I had in mind
was the regular citizen.  Those persons that lead lives where the sea is not
a big deal, directly speaking (in contrast with persons on this list, where
a great part of their time and energy is spent thinking and working with an
aspect of the sea...or surfers, or environmentalists or divers that are in
direct contact with this ecosystem), where the beach is just there for their
use and allowing plastic bags to fly into the water has no consequences to
them (if only!).

Of what I have observed in my travels, and also with the discussion through
this list, is that most of the media attention is given to tourists.  I
think that is very important, don't take me wrong, but it's not enough.  We
need to target the everyday person that in the end of the day is the person
that can put pressure on the politician.  A tourist might respect the reef
but once they leave the place they are visiting, that is it.  They will go
home and talk with their friends and family about it, and educate that way,
but no urgent action will necessarily take place.  And odds are, a decent
amount of these tourists know about the reef, since many travel to visit the
reef.  Once again, this type of education is very important, but not
enough.  We need to target those that can become concerned with how their
country deals with their marine affairs, which would hopefully translate
into pressure in votes, change of behaviour, awareness in consumption, etc.

Living and being from Puerto Rico, all actions a Puerto Rican take will
affect the reef because we are a small island...and our coasts and river
basins are quite developed.  But I dare say, a vast majority of our
inhabitants are not familiar with reefs and the consequences of not taking
care of them.  It saddens me each time I go to the beach on a Sunday to see
the amount of litter left, and the amount of plastic shopping bags just
flying across the beach and eventually end in the water (yes, I am one of
those that you see running down the beach chasing a bag).

My concern has for a while been, how can we reach the non-ocean oriented
person?  Those persons that barely have time for their daily chores, less so
to worry about the environment.  The single mother of three who can barely
see how she'll be able to come up with the expenses of next month.  As well
as those that have more time and means in their hands, but simply don't know
about the importance of the ecosystems of their countries.  These are the
people I think we need to reach out to - the masses.

The idea of the billboards came from the fact that I actually detest the
fact that San Juan is completely covered in them. But even though I don't
agree with them being all over, I still end up reading all of them.  And I
get the feeling I am not the only one.  They are there staring at you, and a
simple message takes seconds to read whilst you are driving, even if you
don't want to look at them!  That is effecting media marketing (I am by no
means knowledgeable in this area, but if it makes me read them, it's
working).  And it's a business that I think is here to stay.  Therefore, why
not take advantage of it?  Of course...funding.  But when there's a will,
there's a way.

I loved Steve Tooze's ideas (thank you for sharing your knowledge and
input), especially the three billboards.  Simple yet impacting.  Also really
liked the 'hero stories' ideas.  I have been interviewing many fishermen for
my PhD...and many do say they agree with no-takes (it's just a matter how
they are implemented etc. they don't agree with, but that's a whole
different topic).  And then there are the scientists and activists that have
taken a stand against what is going on, as well as the younger ones that are
starting their own hero stories.  I'm sure that on this list, there are a
few of us who could come up with success stories that could be told.

Another point Steve brought, is how we deliver the message.  Too much info
is daunting.  We are used to receiving vast amount of data (and we even
struggle with that!), but the truth is, we are an audience of its own.  We
need to think on how to deliver 'short attention span' messages.  And have
them be more positive; most of the news on reefs that are seen, i.e., the
BBC, are scary and depresing....this coming from a scientist in the field,
imagine someone that has no clue?  Many of these stories don't even leave
you space to be able to aknowledge, think, act and help.

But I do think the key is, simple and to the point (thank you Pascal Mege
for reminding about this point), at least to start.  But billboards are by
no means the only way to do it!  I agree with Julian in that, even though
polemic to some, the live coral aquariums would definitely impact and get a
message across (as long of course, as this is possible to do without causing
more harm to the already affected reef!).  I also think Sarah Frias Torres's
ideas on giving the message in a sexy way will reach the message...I have
also thought that for a while (that's why alcohol adds so affective!). Then
why not try that approach as well?  As well as getting a super star on
board. (Anyone been to NYC lately?  Seen the 'just ask the locals' campaign?
It's brilliant! http://nycvisit.com/jatl/).  Or why not super stars of the
field?  The fishermen, the surfer, the scientist, the diver, the beach

I wrote the original email to share a concern...but to be honest, it has
inspired me and I want to do something about it.  I will analyze the funding
opportunities that were posted and the efforts that are already taking place
(definitely no need to reinvent the wheel as many of you mentioned) and also
try and come up with other possible funding ideas.  So many ideas were
thrown out!  Organizing student groups, getting NGOs such as SeaGrant
involved, starting by educating the family...and of course we need to
include school education.  Anyone have the contact of the high-schooler that
spoke at the closing ceremony at ICRS?

I do think we need to work as a team...

As I said, I am very happy that my concern stirred such a fantastic
dialogue.  I hope it does not end here.  We need to educate the
masses...education is key...ignorance is dangerous.

With best wishes,


Antares Ramos-Alvarez, MSc
PhD Candidate
Tropical Ecology Group, Dpt. of Zoology
University of Oxford

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> this new CRES funding opportunity is to utilize existing scientific
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> In order for ecosystem management strategies aimed at restoring degraded
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> From: Judy Gregoire <judy_gregoire at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Marine Science Education Positions Available
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> Please share the following?information with anyone you?know who?would be an
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> ?
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> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:12:35 +1000
> From: Scott Wooldridge <s.wooldridge at aims.gov.au>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Unifying Mass Extinction Hypothesis
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> I encourage people with an interest in ocean acidification impacts to
> consider a paper / hypothesis that is currently open for discussion on
> the interactive Biogeosciences journal.
> Mass extinctions past and present: a unifying hypothesis
> S. A. Wooldridge
> Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB #3, Townsville MC, 4810,
> QLD, Australia
> It is accessible and open for interactive public discussion via the
> web-link:
> http://www.biogeosciences-discuss.net/5/2401/2008/bgd-5-2401-2008.html
> Also, read the "Additional Observations #1, #2, #3" in the linked
> Interactive Discussion to understand why the hypothesis predicts that
> symbiotic reef corals undergo skeletal dissolution at night-time and
> during mass bleaching events. The significance of this dissolution
> process for ocean carbon sequestration, and hence future global warming
> rates, is also considered.
> http://www.cosis.net/members/journals/df/article.php?paper=bgd-5-2401
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> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:56:17 +0100
> From: "Steve Tooze" <stevetooze1000 at googlemail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Coral-List] education of the masses
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> Hi Coral listers
> I've got a slightly different take on Pascal's line of argument.
> I've been a mass market journalist for 20 years. I'm not sure that I agree
> that the audience you are thinking about can only cope with simple facts.
> It's that they need their facts packaged up in a certain way - as a
> compelling narrative related to them by another human being.
> Percentages, statistics, graphs, charts, weighty scientific reports.  I'm
> afraid they are all water off a duck's back to the vast majority of the
> people who read (pretty much only) mass circulation newspapers and
> magazines
> or watch trash TV.
> All that science stuff is scary and seemingly contradictory. It makes them
> feel powerless in the face of powerful global forces beyond their control.
> And even Al Gore's excellent polemic really only reached the reading middle
> classes.
> To truly get the peril facing coral reefs across to the masses, you need
> old-fashioned stories with a heroes fighting (and ideally prevailing)
> against evil and impossible odds or a victims facing tragedy or terrible
> hardship.
> I can hear the groans. And I am exaggerating for dramatic effect. But I'm
> sure you get the serious point I'm trying to make here.
> You all need to start looking for positive human stories that show that a
> brave, resourceful individual absolutely can make a difference to the fate
> of our coral reefs by their lifestyle and consumption choices.
> So (and again I'm being simplistic for the sake of brevity) where are the
> stories about young, personable marine scientists facing down opposition to
> save a particular coral reef or coastal area?
> The local fisherman supporting a no-take zone - against his own immediate
> interests - for the sake of his children and grandchildren?
> The farmer who has changed his practices due to your piece of
> ground-breaking research in the effects of fertilisers?
> The media-savvy scientist who is willing to become a recognised household
> name, the charismatic posterboy/girl of the Fight Against Coral Reef
> Destruction, thus giving us simple tabloid hacks and readers a single
> person
> to go to and identify with? (Call it the Jacques Cousteau Effect!)
> All these people are your point men and women. You need to start digging
> them out and putting them up very regularly for interview by local,
> regional
> and even national TV and press.
> Mass market media (and their audience) will stop to listen to their human
> interest stories and then stay around long enough to take on board some of
> the hard facts and figures.
> Oh, and about those billboards. How about using them to tell a simple
> narrative too?
> Say you have three billboards placed half a mile apart on the same road.
> Poster One is dark and sombre showing someone doing a Bad Thing that will
> endanger coral reefs. A big dramatic logo reads I'm Killing a Coral Reef
> Today.
> Poster Two shows a smiling child doing a Good Thing under the logo I'm
> Saving a  Coral Reef Today.
> Poster Three shows a beautiful, healthy coral reef with the logo YOU Can
> Save Our  Coral Reefs too. At the bottom of the poster it reads 'Find out
> more at www.coralreefs.com...' thus leading them to a website with, say,
> ten
> simple lifestyle changes they can make to help coral reefs.
> I agree - cheesy, populist etc. But it's an approach that has worked for
> the
> likes of Greenpeace and Oxfam.
> In the UK the government and various lobby groups have successfully used
> these tactics to bring simple measures to combat climate change - turning
> off lights, using low-energy lightbulbs, recycling - into the mainstream.
> I honestly think that adopting variations on these tactics is vital if you
> are serious about getting your message across to those millions of
> consumers
> who will ultimately play a major part in deciding whether coral reefs
> survive the century.
> Steve Tooze
> Media consultant & journalist
> London
> UK
> ------------------------------
> Message: 5
> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:23:19 -0400
> From: "Jada-Simone S. White" <jswhite at zoology.ufl.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Education of the masses - call for students
>        to act
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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> As a student attendee at ICRS, I was also inspired to action by the
> emphasis on public education. If graduate students make a coordinated
> effort to publish the 'Reefs for the Future' message in our student
> newspapers the first week of school, we can reach the large consumer
> population that will become the next generation of community leaders. We
> can take advantage of the already created PSA's (described in the
> previous message from Francis Staub below) as well as the Briefing
> Papers available on the ISRS website (http://www.fit.edu/isrs/) to hone
> our message. In particular, NOAA provides a nice framework (see below)
> and we can use our experiences at the meeting to personalize the messages.
> As scientists, we are keenly aware of the small daily changes we must
> make to save our reefs. Students are slightly more receptive than the
> average population and an article in the student paper could include
> ideas to decrease our individual impact on acute stressors, as well as
> web links to ongoing local efforts to increase sustainable practices. We
> might as well begin the new school year with a strong message of hope.
> Perhaps even praising those efforts campuses have made to reduce their
> carbon footprint, where appropriate. My labmate, Fran?ois Michonneau,
> and I are currently drafting an article for the Independent Florida
> Alligator for publication in August.
> In addition to student newspapers, there are many media outlets
> throughout most major universities. Other efforts could include
> broadcasting some of these PSA's in our student unions or residence
> halls and posting ISRS briefing posters around our departments / marine
> labs. Perhaps if students get the message form multiple sources and in
> multiple forms, they will see the problem and, importantly, steps they
> can take to reduce it. These approaches are inexpensive (often free,
> other than time), will utilize existing resources, and will target an
> important subset of our population.
> Will other students join us in this call to action?
> Sincerely,
> Jada-Simone White
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Department of Zoology
> University of Florida
> Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 10:39:03 -0400
> From: "Francis Staub" <fstaub at iyor.org>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Education of the masses
> To: <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
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> Dear Antares:
> All your suggestions are good ideas and as you mentioned the problem is
> funding. However, I'd like to let you know that several organizations
> already developed some very good materials (and very similar with what you
> are mentioning). Also, for those who attended the last ICRS and visited the
> education center, I am sure you were surprised by the number of existing
> materials. Thus, I don't think we need to reinvent the wheel and develop
> more material, we just need o work together and better disseminate the
> existing one. You will find below some examples of existing materials or
> "mass media" outreach campaigns (most of them were done as a
> contribution to
> the International Year of the Reef 2008):
> * The NOAA Coral Reef Public Service Announcement Poster Project: this
> Public Service Announcement Poster Project was designed to create a public
> affinity for the long-term conservation of coral reefs and to educate reef
> tourists and user groups. The Poster Project incorporates billboards and
> bus-stop posters, as well as "duratrans" and "spectaculars" (images
> displayed in international airports), in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Miami,
> Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (these posters were created
> through
> a grant from the Coral Reef Conservation Fund of NOAA and the National Fish
> and Wildlife Foundation). More info at:
> http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/outreach/protect/welcome.html. I also posted
> some images of the billboards on the following link
> http://www.iyor.org/corallist.asp
> * In Brazil, at some airports, billboards are displaying coral reef
> information for tourists (http://www.iyor.org/corallist.asp)
> * As part of the International Year of the Reef campaign, the Honolulu
> Advertiser distributed a newsprint version of The Living Reef, as a 28-page
> primer on Hawaii's coral reefs and their environmental, economic, cultural
> and recreational values as well as the threats to them. Content for the
> insert was provided by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and was produced in
> cooperation with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
> (NOAA), and the State of Hawai'i, Dept of Land & Natural Resources,
> Division
> of Aquatic Resources (DAR). The Living Reef insert went out to all 150,000
> Advertiser subscribers statewide and an additional 20,000 to schools and
> teachers (http://www.iyor.org/focalpoints/countries/hi/)
> * In France (in Paris), billboards in the metro station have information
> about a Coral Reef exhibit being currently held at the Aquarium of Porte
> Doree.
> * NOAA, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, UrbanArts Institute at
> Mass College of Art and other Marine and Ocean Conservation NGOs supported
> the production and distribution of a series of 30 second TV PSAs to educate
> the US public concerning ocean-coral reef and coastal environmental
> education. The main message is "Whether you live one mile or one thousand
> miles from a coral reef, your actions affect the reefs' future and the
> reefs' future affects yours. As the natural guardians of our shores, reefs
> play a vital role in our global ecosystem. With climate change, pollution,
> and overfishing contributing to coral reef degradation, we can all play a
> role in protecting our land, sea and sky. And all it takes is a few simple
> changes to your daily routine." (all the PSAs are available at:
> www.iyor.org/tv)
> These PSAs are or will be broadcast on several major channels/networks. For
> example:
> - LA TV (National Rotation of all PSAs started on July 26, 2008, in English
> and Spanish)
> - Discovery Channel (the short 15 second version of the IYOR Main
> Message is
> broadcast nationally on all Discovery TV Networks. The 30 Second Spanish
> version of the main messages is broadcast on the Discovery Channel Latina.
> The PSAs are will be broadcasted for the next 6 months)
> - From August 15 - 21, the main IYOR 30 second PSA  will be screened before
> each film at AMC Loews Georgetown Movie Theatre (Washington, DC) .
> This is just a glimpse of what is currently happening during the ICRI
> International Year of the Reef. A lot of other countries have outreach
> campaign on TV, Radio and press. For more information, please visit:
> www.iyor.org
> Best,
> Francis
> Francis Staub
> ICRI IYOR Coordinator
> c/o AJH Environmental Services 4900 Auburn Avenue - Suite 201 Bethesda,
> MD 20814
> http://www.iyor.org http://www.icriforum.org
> Support the International Year of the Reef 2008: www.nfwf.org/iyor
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> Message: 6
> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:06:33 -0700
> From: Ida Buffone <buffonei at imsg.com>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Job Announcement - Pacific Islands Coastal
>        Management      Specialist
> To: <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
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>   I.M.  Systems  Group  ([1]www.imsg.com),  a contractor to the National
>   Oceanic  and  Atmospheric Administration, seeks an individual to serve
>   as  a  Pacific Islands Coastal Management Specialist.  This individual
>   will  work  with  the  Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
>   (OCRM),  part  of  NOAA's  Ocean  Service.   OCRM  is  responsible for
>   administering  the  Coastal  Zone  Management  Act  (CZMA) of 1972, as
>   amended,  and is a leader in the Nation's coastal and ocean management
>   issues.  To carry out NOAA's responsibilities under the CZMA, the OCRM
>   Coastal Programs Division (CPD) works directly with coastal states and
>   territories  to  support coastal and ocean management efforts, provide
>   technical  and  financial  assistance,  and  undertakes  projects with
>   benefits  at  both  the local and national level.  OCRM CPD also works
>   closely  with  other NOAA programs such as the Coral Reef Conservation
>   Program  (CRCP)  and  the  NOAA  Fisheries  Management  program.  This
>   position  will  be  housed  in  the  NOAA  Pacific  Services Center in
>   Honolulu, Hawaii.
>   The  NOAA  Pacific  Services  Center's  primary  goal  is  to  promote
>   resilient  and  sustainable  island  communities. This is accomplished
>   through   various   projects   that  integrate  global,  science-based
>   approaches  with  local  knowledge of the resources that is based upon
>   generations   of   experience.   To  make  this  happen,  PSC  fosters
>   partnerships  with  organizations  in all levels of government and the
>   private  sector  to  share information, conduct trainings, and develop
>   management solutions for the islands. Each effort brings PSC closer to
>   its  goal  and  strengthens  the  ties  between  NOAA  and the coastal
>   managers of the Pacific.
>   Duties:
>   ?          Serve  as  the  lead  OCRM/CZM  coordinator for the Pacific
>   Islands,  which will require among other activities, coordinating with
>   other  NOAA  agencies  in  the  Pacific  with regard to CZM Policy and
>   program  implementation activities and other organizations such as the
>   All Islands CZM committee, CSO;
>   ?         Serve as the NOAA CZM liaison for Hawaii and American Samoa,
>   by  communicating all aspects of CZM program planning, implementation,
>   and   evaluation;   identifying  and  working  to  implement  specific
>   strategies    to    more    effectively    meet   coastal   management
>   goals/objectives;  maintaining  financial  management  of  federal CZM
>   award  funding; coordinating post-award actions; reviewing semi-annual
>   performance  reports; and conducting site-visits, and participating in
>   CZM program evaluations;
>   ?          Support  regional partnership building & coordination among
>   the Pacific island jurisdictions.
>   Qualifications:
>   Required:
>   ?          Masters'  degree  in environmental management or policy, or
>   land use planning
>   ?          Course  work and professional experience should include and
>   integrated  coastal  management  and  land use planning issues such as
>   hazards  management,  beach  erosion  and  shoreline setback programs,
>   public  access,  in  island settings, preferably in the Pacific Island
>   region
>   ?           Proficiency   with   word   processing,  spreadsheet,  and
>   presentation software
>   ?          Ability  to work well individually and cooperatively with a
>   range of individuals
>   ?          Ability  to  work on several projects simultaneously and to
>   shift priorities as needed
>   ?          Familiarity  with Hawaiian, Samoan, or other Pacific island
>   cultures
>   Desired:
>   ?          Three  years  of integrated coastal management and land use
>   planning  program  or  project planning and implementation experience,
>   preferably in Hawaii.
>   ?         Grant, contract or project management experience.
>   ?          Experience  with  and knowledge of various aspects of other
>   tropical resource management techniques including watershed management
>   planning, and coral reef and marine resource management regimes, e.g.,
>   MPAs.
>   To Apply:
>   Qualified  candidates  may  apply by e-mailing a cover letter, resume,
>   and  3 references (MS Word format strongly preferred) to the following
>   email:  [2]jobs at imsg.com with the subject heading:  NOA08016 - Pacific
>   Islands Coastal Management Specialist
>   The  vacancy  announcement  is open until filled.  The salary for this
>   position is commensurate with experience.
>                   IMSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
> References
>   1. http://www.imsg.com/
>   2. mailto:jobs at imsg.com
> ------------------------------
> Message: 7
> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:44:18 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
> From: Steve LeGore <slegore at mindspring.com>
> Subject: [Coral-List] ICEBI Meeting Announcement/Coral Panel
> To: Coral List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
> Message-ID:
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> 14662444.1217432658408.JavaMail.root at mswamui-bichon.atl.sa.earthlink.net>
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>   Of  interest to coral listers -- see the coral merics theme below
>                     16^th International Conference of
>                     Environmental Bioindicators - 2008
>                                Orlando, FL
>                            Meeting Announcement
>    The  16^th  International  Conference  of Environmental Bioindicators
>   (16^th  ICEBI)  is  scheduled  for  11-14  November  2008  in Orlando,
>   Florida, USA.
>    This  year?s  conference  theme  is  MANAGEMENT  METRICS,  seeking to
>   reconcile  bioindicator  metrics  utilized and provided by researchers
>   with  realistic  and  practical  requirements of resource managers and
>   policy  makers,  thereby  facilitating  effective response to critical
>   environmental management needs.
>    In addition to Plenary and Research Presentation Sessions, Roundtable
>   Discussion Sessions are planned around topics of
>               - Mercury Bioindicators & Biomarkers
>               - Environmentally-Associated Disease, and
>               - Coral Reefs ? Defining Management Metrics
>    Abstracts  for  oral and poster presentations will be welcomed at all
>   levels  of  Bioindicator/Biomarker applications, including Biocoenoses
>   and  Ecosystems; Populations and Individuals;  Tissues and Organs; and
>   Cells,  Organelles and Molecules.  Submissions on Bringing the Science
>   of  Bioindication  to  End  Users, and Bioindicators of Water, Air and
>   Soil Pollution are also solicited.
>    The  deadline  for  abstract  submission is Monday, 1 September 2008.
>   Submission  requirements  and  meeting  details  may  be  found at the
>   website  of  the  International Society of Environmental Bioindicators
>   (ISEBI):
>              [1]http://www.bioindicators.org
>    Simply  go  to the ?Annual Conferences? tab on the upper subject bar,
>   and  click  on  ?2008  in  Orlando,  FL.?  Registrations  and abstract
>   submissions can be completed on-line at the site.
> References
>   1. http://www.bioindicators.org/
> ------------------------------
> Message: 8
> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 07:20:30 -0400
> From: Amir Ahmady <24.ahmady at gmail.com>(via coral-list-owner)
> Subject: [Coral-List] Sea surface temperature of persian gulf in iran
>        from    1985 2008
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Message-ID: <200807310720.30278.24.ahmady at gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
> Dear coral listers,
> ?
> I?am currently seeking sst data of?Persian Gulf?in Iran from 1985-2008 by
> Avhrr satellite with position
> Latitude Range used:?? 29.5 to? 20.0
> Longitude Range used:? 48.8 to? 56.2
> ?
> Regards,
> Amir Ahmady
> ------------------------------
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