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Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico

Antares Alvarez, Eileen Alicea, Helena Antoun, Jeremiah Blondeau, Ernesto Diaz, Caroline Donovan, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Tania Metz Estrella, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Reni Garcia, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Melissa Gonzalez, Sean Griffin, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Miguel Figuerola Hernandez, Matthew Johnson, Chris Jeffrey, Aurora Justiniano-Santos, Heath Kelsey, Nilda Jimenez Marrero, Derek Manzello, Nathan Miller, Michael Nemeth, Hector Ruiz, Jorge Sabater, Erica Towle, Orian Tzadik, Michelle Schärer-Umpierre, Shay Viehman, Ernesto Weil, and Stacey Williams. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Puerto Rico coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide communities and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for the Flower Garden Banks (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for the Flower Garden Banks

This status report is a joint product of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Science communication, design, and layout by Nathan Miller, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Max Hermanson, and Annie Carew. March 2020. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Flower Garden Banks coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information that helps us manage and conserve coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Jeremiah Blondeau, Marilyn Brandt, Mark Eakin, Kimberly Edwards, Kitty Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Mike Feeley, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Leslie Henderson, Marlon Hibbert, Nathaniel Holloway, Matt Johnson, Thomas Kelley, Heath Kelsey, Jennifer Koss, Derek Manzello, Caroline Pott, Tyler Smith, Erica Towle, Shay Viehman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The USVI coral status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Towards integrated reporting for Darwin Harbour (Page 1)

Towards integrated reporting for Darwin Harbour

Brianne Walsh, Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo ·
11 May 2020

This newsletter summarizes outputs from the initial stakeholder workshop to develop an integrated assessment for Darwin Harbour. The workshop took place on the week of 16 March 2020 in Darwin, Australia. Stakeholders from government, industry, academia, indigenous communities, and NGO’s gathered in Darwin to identify values. The workshop included meeting with members of the indigenous community, held outdoors at Wagait Beach.

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2019 Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Preliminary Report Card (Page 1)

2019 Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Preliminary Report Card

Nuno Simões, Jennifer Pollack, Fernando Bretos TOF, Erica K. Towle NOAA, Shay Viehman, Matthew Johnson, Joaquín Rodrigo Garza Pérez, Armando Carmona, Lorenzo Álvarez Filip, Horacio Pérez España, Cristobal Cáceres G. Cantón C, Luis Quijano, Alfonso Aguilar Perera, Melania López Castro, A.C., Eduardo Amir Cuevas, Enrique Montes Herrera, Julia Azanza Ricardo, Gustavo Arencibia, Patricia González-Díaz, Dorka Cobián Rojas, Juliett González Méndez, Andrea Rivera Sosa, Luis Alcántara Organizing team, Ulsía Urrea Mariño, Ixel Osorio, Alberto Guerra, Daniel Martínez Hernandez ·
20 March 2020

The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. Its coral reefs are biological diverse habitats, of high cultural and economic significance. This report card was developed during a workshop held in Merida, Yucatan in November, 2019. It outlines potential indicators of coral reef ecosystem health, perceived conditions of the reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, and next steps for developing a quantitative assessment of Gulf of Mexico coral reef ecosystems.

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2020 Verde River Watershed Report Card (Page 1)

2020 Verde River Watershed Report Card

Andrew Elmore, Alexandra Fries, Emily Nastase, Heath Kelsey ·
18 February 2020

Watershed report cards are powerful tools to describe ecosystem status, increase public awareness, and inform and influence decision makers to improve the health of a watershed. This is the first Verde River Watershed Report Card. It is the collective effort of dozens of stakeholders throughout the Verde watershed. Indicators in the report card were selected to assess the health of three different values in the Verde watershed: Water, Habitat, and Communities.

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Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Page 1)

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Brianne Walsh, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison ·
6 November 2019

The Belmont Forum Synthesis Workshop was held virtually, with four project teams from around the globe participating remotely. The process was convened by the Belmont Forum and facilitated by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. It served as the-end term meeting for the Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services I (CRA). Project teams from around the globe participated virtually via online software.

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Understanding Responses to Global Change (Page 1)

Understanding Responses to Global Change

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Yesenia Valverde, Jane Hawkey, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Katie May Laumann, Sky Swanson ·
6 November 2019

The Tripartite Valorization Workshop was convened by the Belmont Forum and facilitated by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Washington DC on 8-10 December 2018. It served as the-end term meeting for the Food Security and Land Use Change Collaborative Research Action (CRA), and mid-term meetings for the Arctic Observing and Science for Sustainability and Mountains as Sentinels of Change CRAs.

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2018 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card (Page 1)

2018 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card

Emily Nastase, Annie Carew, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Katie May Laumann ·
23 September 2019

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2018 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals.

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