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the internal condition of EDLs, their interaction with the natural environment, and how they will perform with climate change.

The research will advance understanding in the following areas:

  • Passive geophysical imaging to noninvasively assess conditions within EDLs;
  • Airborne and space borne remote sensing for assessing important surface features of EDLs and surrounding landscape;
  • Characterization of levee interaction with surrounding natural environment, including the benefit of natural landscapes;
  • EDL health assessment, early warning of damage and prediction of performance due to climate change;
  • Social, economic and policy approaches to EDLs and risk tolerance across countries and cultures and
  • Cost-benefit of incorporating monitoring systems into EDLs and risk tolerance policies.

Assembly of marine biodiversity along geographic and anthropogenic stress gradients - San Diego State University Foundation

Indonesia is in the center of the Coral Triangle, a region that contains the world's most biologically diverse coral reefs. These reefs are an extremely important biological and economic resource locally and globally, but are severely threatened by human impacts and climate change; as such, these reefs are important conservation targets. This project will deploy a novel monitoring tool called Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) to measure marine biodiversity gradients across the Indonesian Archipelago and determine what organisms are present on these reefs and how this biodiversity is impacted by human caused environmental stress. ARMS are particularly good at capturing the hidden biodiversity that comprises the vast majority of marine biodiversity (e.g., viruses, microbes, smaller animals, algae etc). A better understanding of the processes shaping the marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle will thereby improve the ability of resource managers to develop strategies to promot
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703-292-8311
National Science Foundation
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