[Coral-List] Reef Health Centered OSM Session

Colleen Hansel chansel at whoi.edu
Thu Aug 19 11:15:51 UTC 2021

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit an abstract to our session on ‘*Innovative science
and technology for assessing coral reef health*’ at the AGU Ocean Sciences
Meeting to be held February 27 to March 4, 2022 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. See
the session description below.

The abstract submission deadline is *Wednesday, September 29, 2021 *(11:59
pm EDT).

*Session ID: IS02 Innovative science and technology for assessing coral
reef healthTopic Area: Islands and ReefsFormat: Hybrid*


Session Description:
The health and global distribution of coral reefs are declining at an
alarming rate in large part due to bleaching, disease, and other human
disturbances. To save coral reefs it is imperative that ocean science takes
a cue from human medicine by adopting a proactive approach to reef
organismal health. Specifically, identifying and monitoring signatures of
health are essential for early detection of underlying stress, disease, and
metabolic disorders prior to the onset of visible symptoms. A number of
studies have begun unraveling the controls on the coral immune system, the
responses of the coral holobiont to external stressors, and the evolution
of coral stress and disease resistance. Yet, the absolute physical and
biogeochemical conditions that allow for and define a healthy reef remain

The successful development and adoption of a diagnostics platform for
assessing coral health requires the bridging of scientific disciplines,
execution of extensive field campaigns, and the convergence of science and
engineering to develop critical technologies and sensing capabilities. The
goal of this session is to bring together a broad spectrum of scientists
and engineers to discuss current advances in our understanding of the
controls on and mechanisms underlying coral health, and the current and
emerging physical, chemical, biological, and deep-learning methodologies,
sensors, and technologies allowing for an improved ability to assess coral
reef health and function. We welcome talks that describe current science
and engineering advances in coral reef science, as well as talks
demonstrating how science in parallel ecosystems (e.g., seaweed
aquaculture) could be adopted and applied to further coral health science.

Abstract submission information:


Colleen Hansel, chansel at whoi.edu
Aran Mooney, amooney at whoi.edu
Amy Apprill, aapprill at whoi.edu
Yogi Girdhar, yogi at whoi.edu
Gordon Zhang, wzhang at whoi.edu

Colleen Hansel
Senior Scientist
Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Road, Mailstop 52
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050
chansel at whoi.edu

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