[Coral-List] ICRS2012: Remote Sensing of Reef Environments Mini-symposium

Gang Liu Gang.Liu at noaa.gov
Mon Sep 26 14:52:25 EDT 2011

Dear Coral-listers,

With less than one week to go for submitting abstract to ICRS 2012, we 
would like to remind you to submit abstracts to mini-symposium (5a): 
Remote Sensing of Reef Environments. This mini_symposium invites 
abstracts from ALL areas of remote sensing of coral reef environments 
and applications to aid coral reef management, conservation and research.

Deadline: Oct 1 (Saturday), 2011
Please submit abstract at http://www.icrs2012.com/

Please note that certain grants are avaialbe to delegates to attend ICRS 
2012: http://www.icrs2012.com/Grants.htm

Mini-symposium description:
Remote sensing has long been applied to monitor environmental conditions 
and processes in the oceans and coastal environment. Remote sensing 
covers a range of scales and disciplines from satellite image analysis 
to microscopy/micro-analysis, and the finer scale knowledge is essential 
for “scaling up” or mapping and monitoring over large areas. Its 
application to coral reefs has become increasingly critical in 
monitoring environmental stressors to coral reefs and detecting changes 
in their composition and environmental conditions. For example, remotely 
sensed sea surface temperature has been used most maturely for 
understanding and predicting conditions leading to coral bleaching and 
disease. Other remotely sensed environmental parameters, such as ocean 
color, surface wind and surface light, have similar potential for 
applications to coral reefs. As an integrated part of coral reef 
monitoring, remote sensing is also being used to map and detect change 
in coral reef habitats at various spatial scales. Remarkable advances 
have occurred in recent years with respect to all areas of remote 
sensing of the reef environments, including satellite, airborne, 
ship-based, and land-based remote sensing. Furthermore, with advances in 
sensor capability and algorithms, many new applications are emerging for 
coral reefs, including monitoring and modeling: benthic composition and 
productivity, habitat dynamics, water clarity, nutrient dynamics, 
surface current and wave, wind, light, and ocean acidification. The 
development and improvement of remote sensing technologies and 
applications for monitoring coral reef environmental stressors rely on 
the needs of coral reef management and advances in coral biology and 
ecology research. Presentations in this mini-symposium will focus on
recent advances in all areas of remote sensing of coral reef 
environments and applications to aid coral reef management, conservation 
and research.

Looking forward to seeing you at ICRS 2012.


Gang Liu, NOAA Coral Reef Watch (gang.liu at noaa.gov)
Chris Roelfsema, University of Queensland (c.roelfsema at uq.edu.au)
Stuart Phinn, University of Queensland (s.phinn at uq.edu.au)
Stacy Jupiter, Wildlife Conservation Society – Fiji Program 
(sjupiter at wcs.org)
Alastair Harborne, University of Exeter (a.r.harborne at exeter.ac.uk)
James Goodman, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez 
(james.goodman1 at upr.edu)
William Skirving, NOAA Coral Reef Watch (william.skirving at noaa.gov)
Scarla Weeks, University of Queensland (s.weeks at uq.edu.au)
Vittorio Brando, CSIRO (vittorio.brando at csiro.au)

  Gang Liu, Ph.D.
  Senior Physical Scientist/Oceanographer
  (I.M. System Group, Inc.)
  NOAA Coral Reef Watch Program
  SSMC1, #5310
  1335 East-West Highway			
  Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226

  Tel: 301-713-2857 ext 131
  Fax: 301-713-3136
  Email: Gang.Liu at noaa.gov

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