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2017-03-02. Scientists Develop New Tool to Monitor Reef Health.

posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:58 AM by Alan Gould
By Sarah Stanley, EoS Earth & Space News (AGU). For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 7. Excerpt: Coral reefs around the world face destruction due to ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing, and other factors. These stressors affect reef health on short timescales, but scientists have struggled to capture the details of these rapid changes. Takeshita et al. have now developed and successfully tested a new tool that could improve real-time reef monitoring worldwide. The Benthic Ecosystem and Acidification Measurements System (BEAMS) is the first tool that can make autonomous, simultaneous measurements of two important reef health indicators: net community production (NCP) and net community calcification (NCC). NCP is the balance between organic production and respiration, and NCC is the balance between calcification (reef building) and dissolution (reef erosion)....  https://eos.org/research-spotlights/scientists-develop-new-tool-to-monitor-reef-health