Climate Change and Interacting Stressors: Implications for Coral Reef Management in American Samoa
Project Completion Date (Actual/Projected)08/01/2007
Coral reef ecosystems are sensitive to changes in climate, climate variability, land use, and UV radiation. This report was designed to take advantage of diverse research and monitoring efforts that are ongoing in American Samoa to: analyze and compile the results of multiple research projects that focus on understanding climate-related stressors and their effects on coral reef ecosystem degradation and recovery; and assess implications for coral reef managment of the combined information, including possible response options. The resulting conceptual model will be useful to coral reef managers outside of American Samoa, as well.