News & CommentMarine Ecology

Scientists Launch Survey of Reef Health

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Science  06 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5318, pp. 1494
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5318.1494

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Starting on 14 June, 500 recreational scuba divers will become scientists for a day. Supervised by over 100 reef scientists, this volunteer army will take to the waters at coral reefs worldwide for a rapid assessment of reef health. Organizers acknowledge that the survey will not yield detailed enough data to provide a clear picture of the health of any one reef. But by providing a global snapshot, the survey may begin to help scientists unravel what may be causing the decline of reefs.