USGS research on Atlantic coral reef ecosystems

Fact Sheet 2015-3073
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Coral reefs are massive, biomineralized structures that protect coastal communities by acting as barriers to hazards such as hurricanes and tsunamis. They provide sand for beaches through the natural process of erosion, support tourism and recreational industries, and provide essential habitat for fisheries. The continuing global degradation of coral reef ecosystems is well documented. There is a need for focused, coordinated science to understand the complex physical and biological processes and interactions that are impacting the condition of coral reefs and their ability to respond to a changing environment.

Suggested Citation

Kuffner, I.B., Yates, K.K., Zawada, D.G., Richey, J.N., Kellogg, C.A., and Toth, L.T., 2015, USGS research on Atlantic coral reef ecosystems: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3073, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title USGS research on Atlantic coral reef ecosystems
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2015-3073
DOI 10.3133/fs20153073
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Florida Keys
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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