New Committee Announced for Study on Coral Reef Resilience

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have appointed a new committee to conduct a study on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs.

Climate change is increasingly threatening coral reefs world-wide, causing mass coral bleaching events and disease outbreaks. A growing body of scientific literature has explored novel ecological and genetic interventions that have the potential to enhance the recovery and persistence of coral reefs threatened by rapidly deteriorating environmental conditions. The committee will summarize research, including the state of readiness, of these novel interventions. The committee will also develop an environmental risk assessment framework​ to identify potential benefits and harms of the intervention strategies. The complete task can be found on the study website.

The committee slate is provisional pending a public comment period and final approval by the National Academies.

SAVE THE DATE! The committee’s first meeting will be on February 8 in Washington, DC and will include a public open session. More information will be forthcoming on the study website.

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