Sunday, June 16, 2024

New Coral Reef Health Modelling Research Released


Scientist Anna Bakker recently presented her research on modeling coral reef health across the South Pacific to the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS).

During her work, she found which anthropogenic and natural factors are responsible for reef health, including healthy coral and rich, diverse fish life.

Collecting the data was done as part of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Global Reef Expedition. Data was collected from around the South Pacific, including the Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Palau.

The research methodology used is innovative and can lead to a better understanding of coral reefs worldwide. According to Bakker:

“This research would not have been possible without the massive amount of field data collected on the Global Reef Expedition The sheer amount of benthic and fish observations collected in the field from around the world enabled us to take a holistic look at indicators of coral reef health — such as coral cover or fish biomass — and figure out what drives one coral reef to be healthier than another.”

Check out all the research presented at the symposium here.

(Featured image credit: Michele Westmorland/iLCP)

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for