Gambier Field Report


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Gambier Field Report, French Polynesia Coral Reef ResearchBetween January 14, 2013 – February 12, 2013, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation conducted a research mission to the Gambier Archipelago, French Polynesia as part of the Global Reef Expedition. The research focused on coral reefs surrounding the islands of Hao, Mangareva, Temoe, Maria Est, Vahanga, Tenarunga, Tenararo, and Matureivavao.  The objectives of the mission were to: 1) identify and characterize shallow marine habitats and develop habitat and bathymetric maps: 2) evaluate the composition, structure and health of coral reefs using a standardized assessment protocol; 3) evaluate the effects of environmental stressor on coral health; and 4) measure ocean chemistry (pH) and effects on coral growth. You may download the full Gambier Field Report below.

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