CORAL RESTORATION MONITORING
Monitoring coral restoration efforts is essential to promote effective restoration techniques and to quantify success. In this working group, we ask the following questions. How do we efficiently scale up restoration monitoring? What are the data needed to determine success (or failure) of restoration efforts?
The working group’s Core Team is led by Chair Phanor Montoya Maya (Coral Restoration Foundation).
Our priorities for the 2020-2025 timeframe include:
The CRC is actively searching for a new Chair and/or Co-Chairs. This Chair will have the opportunity to define the Monitoring Working Groups priorities based on CRC overall priorities.
Click here to see our full list of priorities and sub priorities.
WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON
REEFhabilitation portal -spatial database to showcase restoration efforts around the globe.
Synthesizing monitoring tools/techniques for engineered structure monitoring.
Understanding utilization of the Working Group’s Monitoring Guide.
Applications for emergent technologies.
The REEFhabilitation Portal is an open-access, online database where coral reef restoration practitioners can collect, visualize, and share their coral reef restoration monitoring data. Portal users can create accounts and access a private user dashboard where they can register restoration projects and sites and input monitoring data for coral nurseries and restoration sites. In addition to storing restoration data and photos, the Portal conducts automated data analysis, creates line and bar charts, and provides downloadable data tables. Users can grant access to other Portal members to serve as contributors to their projects to upload monitoring data on their behalf, including tourism operators that wish to invite tourist citizen scientists to collect and contribute monitoring data and photos to their projects. Portal users can also choose to make their data public, private, or share their data only with specified portal members. The REEFhabilitation Portal is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Booking Cares Fund, and the Coral Restoration Consortium.