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New Video on USGS Investigation of Coral Disease in Hawaiʻi

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A new video, “Exploring Causes of Coral Disease,” follows USGS researchers as they investigate potential causes of black band disease affecting corals on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi.

Above: Exploring Causes of Coral Disease video. Formats: MP4 format | WebM format | Transcript

In spring 2015, scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (Santa Cruz, California) and the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (St. Petersburg, Florida) ran initial surveys to check water temperature, salinity, and whether water running off the land may be affecting coral health. An expanded team will return this summer for more in-depth work. Healthy reefs protect the shore from wave damage, provide shelter for important fish species, and are vital to tourism.

View the 3:46-minute video at http://coralreefs.wr.usgs.gov/CoralDiseaseVideo.html.
For more information, visit the USGS Pacific Coral Reefs Web Site and Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST).

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Sediment Impacts on Reef Corals in Maui, Hawaiʻi
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Related Websites
Exploring Causes of Coral Disease
The Coral Reef of South Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi—Portrait of a Sediment-Threatened Fringing Reef
USGS Pacific Coral Reefs Web Site
Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST)

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Coral Reefs, El Niño, and Climate Change: An Interview with Lauren Toth

Preparing for El Niño Using Climate Change Forecasts

What a Drag: The Global Impact of Bottom Trawling

USGS Data from 1981–1982 Still Serving the Nation

Shorebird Science? iPlover is the App for That

Examining the Chemistry of Seawater for Health of West Maui’s Coral Reefs

Future Fieldwork, June–July 2016

New Video on USGS Investigation of Coral Disease in Hawaiʻi

Shoemaker Awards for “From Field to Ocean” and CMGP Web Site

CDI Awards Projects to Woods Hole Science Center Scientists

April / May 2016 Publications

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