These reports are the final reports we create following an ocean research expedition.  They include coral reef site descriptions, relevant data and observations, research images, ocean pictures, survey method details, and data analysis.  Please download these reports and share them freely.    

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  • 2016

    Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Fiji

    Global Reef Expedition: Lau Province, Fiji. Final Report. Bruckner, A.W., Dempsey, A.C., Coward, G., Saul, S., Rauer, E.M. & Heemsoth, A. (2016). Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Annapolis, MD. 113p. ISBN: 978-0-9975451-0-4

    The Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Lau Province, Fiji is the result of extensive scientific surveys conducted in 2013 by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Ocean Foundation and local partners including the Ministry of Fisheries, the Pacific Blue Foundation, the Lau Provincial Council, and members of the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) Network. The research was carried out as part of the Foundation’s Global Reef Expedition, a 5-year research mission to assess the health and resiliency of coral reefs around the world. In Fiji, the joint science team conducted detailed scientific assessments of the health of coral reefs in Lau Province. The research included surveys of the coral and fish communities and the creation of detailed maps of the shallow water marine habitats in the region.

  • 2016

    Mitigating the Impacts of Acanthaster planci (crown of thorns starfish, COTS) outbreak on coral reefs in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

    This report on the COTS outbreak in Aitutaki, Cook Islands was prepared for the Government of the Cook Islands and local Stakeholders by the Living Oceans Foundation Chief Scientist who conducted the Cook Islands mission of the Global Reef Expedition in 2013.

  • 2016

    World Heritage High Seas Report

    Embodying our motto Science Without Borders®, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has supported the efforts of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Marine Programme to identify ways in which World Heritage status could be used to protect outstanding places on the High Seas. This project resulted in the publication of World Heritage in the High Seas: An Idea Whose Time has Come, a report by UNESCO and IUCN that proposes multiple ways in which World Heritage status could be used to protect places on the High Seas.

  • 2015

    Bahamas Atlas (Now Interactive)

    The Bahamas Underwater Atlas has gone interactive! The Atlas of Shallow Marine Habitats of Cay Sal Bank, Great Inagua, Little Inagua and Hogsty Reef, Bahamas is the result of months of underwater research to survey and map the seafloor. The Atlas combines advanced satellite imagery, aerial photography, and data from hundreds of research dives into the first-ever high-resolution coral reef ecosystem maps of many of Bahamas reefs.

  • 2013

    Galápagos Coral Reef and Coral Community Monitoring Manual

    The Galápagos is an isolated archipelago of volcanic islands that straddle the equator, about 1000 km (620 miles) off the coast of Ecuador, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. There are 14 main islands and over 100 small islets that sit on a deep platform and are surrounded by deep (2000-4000 m) water.

  • 2012

    Assessment of the Community Structure, Status, Health and Resilience of St. Kitts and Nevis Coral Reefs

    Bruckner, A. and Williams, A. (2012) Assessment of the Community Structure, Status, Health and Resilience of Coral Reefs off St. Kitts and Nevis. June 2011. Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Landover MD, pp.64

    When we first began this mission in early June, several of the researchers had their first exposure to the rapid assessment protocol we were applying to assess the resilience of these reefs. They received a compressed one day training workshop with classroom lectures, demonstrations, and field practice. Over the next 10 days, they were able to practice different aspects of the survey: benthic assessments, coral surveys, and fish assessments. By the end of the mission, most members of the research team had become experts in at least one aspect of the survey protocol. The number of transects they we able...

  • 2012

    The Global Reef Expedition Bahamas Marine Research Activities Undertaken at: Cay Sal Bank, Great Inagua, Little Inagua, Hogsty Reef, and Andros Island - 2011

    The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) completed three research missions in the Bahamas during 2011: Cay Sal Bank (4/26/11-5/18/11), Great Inagua, Little Inagua and Hogsty Reef (8/1/11-8/24/11) and Andros Island (10/1/11-10/6/11). Research was undertaken by scientists from KSLOF, the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI), University of Queensland, University of Miami (RSMAS), Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program (AGRRA), Florida Aquarium, University of Michigan, the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources (Fisheries), the Bahamas National Trust, the Nature Conservancy, Bahamas, and College of the Bahamas (Appendix I). Professional videographers accompanied the Science Team on the Cay Sal...