Establish experiments on three coral reefs in the Gulf of Chriqui that will be used to monitor coral abundance, coral calcification, and bioerosion in relation to oceanographic variability over the next three years.
Pacific Panama, Tropical Easter Pacific
Experiments were established in Feb/Mar 2016. They will be re-sampled every 6 months for the next three years
Data on coral reef state through time (coral percent cover, etc), coral growth, bioerosion rates
Other Lead Organizations: Florida Institute of Technology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Northeastern University, and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Other Funding Sources: NSF
Other vessels: We will hire local vessels in the Gulf of Chiriqui and will use the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Anibal in the Gulf of Panama. All vessels will be operated by hired drivers from Panama.