Implementing the first stage of an Indian Ocean Global Warming Observatory based in Seychelles

In this project, I assisted the principal investigator - Dr Sarah Frias-Torres - in developing the first stage of an in situ global warming observatory within the onset of the 2014-2015 El Nino. The observatory matched real ocean temperatures at a depth relevant to coral reefs with ecosystem health and contrasted results with satellite sea surface temperature (SST) data. I collected information using underwater surveys to assess the status of coral reef fishes and benthic communities in relation to changes in underwater sea temperature.

Status: Completed, April 2015
Products: One presentation and one scientific paper (in preparation)
Organization & Location: Nature Seychelles, Seychelles
Keywords: Climate change, Coral bleaching, Coral gardening.

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