Coral Reef Recovery at Palmyra Atoll


Coral Reef Recovery at Palmyra Atoll

As part of the PacIOOS Water Quality Sensor Partnership Program (WQSPP), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PacIOOS to utilize one of the WQSPP water quality sensors at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. In 2013, FWS removed a large destructive shipwreck from a nearby reef. Post-removal surveys of coral growth, health, and recolonization have been conducted, but drastic fluctuations in turbidity due to resuspension and occasional temperature elevations have triggered seasonal coral bleaching. The Seabird SEACAT will support this coral reef recovery project by collecting important oceanographic parameters, including temperature, salinity/conductivity, depth, turbidity, and chlorophyll. All data will be managed by FWS and made available through PacIOOS.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.