Information Tools for Assessing the Ecological and Socioeconomic Implications of Climate Change for Coral Reef Management

Coral reefs are complex, nonlinear systems in which the interplay of spatial heterogeneity and stochastic events with environmental factors results in highly variable patterns of resource availability and use. Given the myriad interacting effects of climate and other stressors on coral reefs and human socioeconomic systems, there is a growing need for improvements in information management and development of decision support tools that present many layers of data to decision-makers in a user-friendly form. This report builds on existing research on the biological, physical, social and economic components of coral reef ecosystem management and incorporates climate change considerations into this ongoing work.