Assessment and Long Term Monitoring
In 1997-1998, leading coral reef researchers, managers and educators in Hawai‘i established the Hawai‘i Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program to:
Selection of the long term monitoring sites required careful consideration and the input of both research scientists and resource managers as:
Natural processes (such as wave energy) are responsible for shaping and establishing the basic structure of pristine Hawaiian coral reef communities. These pristine conditions for a given environment have been termed "reference conditions". Anthropogenic (caused by human activities) factors, alter the pristine situation and are becoming more important as the population of the state increases. The impact of humans are a primary concern to those responsible for managing of our coral reef resources. Identifying these processes at different locations throughout the state and monitoring them allows scientists and managers to account for the differences observed across the Hawaiian Islands and explain the changes that occur over time.
The data gathered by the Hawaii Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program over the last 7-years from 32 sites across the Main Hawaiian Islands has been utilized by county, state and federal managers in their efforts to manage the resources of Hawaii.
Last Update: 05/08/2008
By: Lea Hollingsworth
Hawai‘i Coral Reef Assessment & Monitoring Program
Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
P.O. Box 1346
Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744