CARICOMP: Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program

CARICOMP, Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (2004) CARICOMP: Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program. Technical Report.

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    The Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) Program is a regional scientific effort to study land-sea interaction processes, to monitor for change, and to provide appropriate scientific information for management of the coastal resources in the wider Caribbean region. The Program focuses on understanding the productivity, structure and functions of the three important coastal ecosystems: mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs, throughout the region. Within the wider Caribbean region there is general agreement that many coastal systems are changing for the worse. The ultimate causes are explosive population growth and human-induced changes, including intense tourism development. Because the underlying causes of this decline are diverse, there is no agreement on how the ecosystems can be stabilized and restored, or even on what constitutes sustainable development. The CARICOMP program was therefore conceived as a Caribbean-wide initiative to identify the factors responsible for sustaining mangrove, seagrass and coral reef productivity, to examine the interaction between these ecosystems, and to determine the role of terrestrial and oceanic influence on them. Scientific monitoring of these three ecosystems is performed on a daily, weekly and annual basis throughout the region using the same monitoring protocol, as outlined in the CARICOMP Methods Manual which is available at manual.html.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Publisher: Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP)
      Keywords: Caribbean, Coastal, Marine, productivity,ecosystems,
      Subjects: (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBA) Coral Reefs
      (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBE) Mangroves
      (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBH) Seagrasses
      (F) People and the Environment > (FB) Resource Use
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3B) NGOs
      Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2010 11:53
      Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:27

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