Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research site (MCR LTER)
The Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research site (MCR LTER) is the complex of coral reefs and lagoons that surround the island of Moorea, French Polynesia. Coral reefs represent one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Unfortunately, the world's coral reefs are disappearing at an alarming rate. Current estimates indicate that almost 20% of the world's coral reefs have been lost and another 35% are in serious danger of being lost by 2050 due to the effects of coastal development, over-fishing and multiple factors associated with global climate change (GCRMN 2008). The primary goal of the Moorea Coral Reef Long-term Ecological Research site is to explore the effects of these external drivers on the fate of coral reefs. The MCR LTER was established in 2004 by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a partnership between the University of California Santa Barbara and California State University, Northridge. MCR researchers include marine scientists from the UC Santa Barbara, CSU Northridge, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, CSU San Marcos, Duke University and the University of Hawaii. Field operations are conducted from the UC Berkeley Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia.
Project Leads: Russ Schmitt, Sally Holbrook