EPA Science Inventory

THE CONDITION OF CORAL REEFS IN SOUTH FLORIDA (2000) USING CORAL DISEASE AND BLEACHING AS INDICATORS

Citation:

Santavy, D L., J K. Summers, V D. Engle, AND L C. Harwell. THE CONDITION OF CORAL REEFS IN SOUTH FLORIDA (2000) USING CORAL DISEASE AND BLEACHING AS INDICATORS . ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT. Springer, New York, NY, 100(1-3):129-152, (2005).

Description:

The destruction for coral reef habitats is occurring at unprecedented levels. Coral disease epizootics in the Southwestern Atlantic have lead to coral replacement by turf algae, prompting a call to classify some coral species as endangered. In addition, a massive bleaching event in 1998 caused coral mortality never documented in modern and geological history. The objective of our survey was to assess coral reef condition throughout South Florida, with reefs in the Florida Keys, New Grounds, and the Dry Tortugas. A probability-based design produced unbiased estimates of the spatial extent of ecological condition (presence and prevalence of coral disease and three intensities of causal bleaching) with a quanitifiable level of uncertainty. The survey results generated areal estimates indicating the extent and intensity of coral health and disease. By establishing this baseline, future surveys can examine changes and trends in the spatial distribution of coral conditions in South Florida.

Purpose/Objective:

The objective of our survey was to assess coral reef condition throughout South Florida

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 01/10/2005
Completion Date: 01/10/2005
Record Last Revised: 03/26/2013
Record Created: 12/08/2004
Record Released: 12/08/2004
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 105488

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION

COASTAL ECOLOGY BRANCH