The most comprehensive advantage that we have made is more than just observing our marine world, but monitoring and projecting trends, solutions, and problem areas, and is more than just for current viewing, it’s a predictive tool. We have the ability to ask the question What If?
The use of a predictive tool lends itself to long-term development as a living document transforming data into actionable insights and participation by everyone.
1. The combination of our marine conservation implementation is unmatched by any organization in the Keys. We merge international, local science and services with local marine events and citizenry with ecotourism and make it available to all WFCRC network members. Free of Charge!
2. Both internal and external components are considered when doing SWOT Analysis, as they both have the potential to impact the success of a project or venture. The SWOT analysis process involves four areas and consideration is given to both internal and external components. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats.
The R.E.E.F.S (Research Enhancement Engineering for Seascapes) Program is a global partnership supported by Mission Blue, local stakeholders, marine biologists, coral experts, and MPA managers in project locations to address key monitoring knowledge gaps in our understanding and sharing the science behind a need for immediate action and 1st response plans. These issues require site-specific attention to maintain current levels of a reef presence and to prevent future decline and need to be executed in the necessary time frame.
The need to provide this information for decision-makers to promote needed actions for sustainable reef conservation is now and is necessary to advance the understanding, use, and conservation of coral reefs through an integrated program of excellence in data gathering/sharing, education, and outreach built upon active and long term partnerships with divers, conservationist, the science community and local island governments. To share this information on a broad spectrum will give decision-makers the knowledge necessary to make better data-driven decisions.
Our Document Gallery is the result of over a decade of gathering research, articles, and related subjects locally and internationally that are highly relative to our objective. This gives our members a current and historical view of how other parts of the world are dealing with the same issues. This is a continued effort to connect our local participants with similar conservation efforts around the world.
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Collaborative Coral Reef Registry
The World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation 512.986.1902 4010 Skipper Rd. Sebring, Florida 33870
During the middle to late Jurassic (1), coral reefs began to appear in the “rock record”. The rock record is the Rosetta stone for the makeup of the earth’s geological epochs. Without the rock record we would not know anything about past environments, fauna and flora, cycles, events and so much more. The rock record has led to the discovery and the understanding of past events and what may be in store the future. Cycles are identified using the record, making predictably more reliable. Making it one of our most valued Registry.
Scientists can date and categorize fossils to determine when the organisms lived relative to each other. The resulting fossil record tells “the story of the past” and shows the evolution of the earth, over millions of years.
The rock record itself provides much useful information about the environment in which the fossils were formed. Fossils can be used to recognize rocks of the same or different ages. In other words the rock record provides detailed information about the makeup of geologic epochs.
The same can be said for the Collaborative Coral Reef Registry. One of the major reef records currently available is the NOAA Coral Reef Information System and ReefBase et al. They provide an overwhelming and comprehensive view of the science of coral reefs.
The Collaborative Coral Reef Registry captures a more holistic view of coral reef and coastal environments all based on GIS platforms, for the very long term. The sample repository for the Florida Keys is The Keys Collector.
Currently many organizations have made great strides in capturing compartmentalized, limited Coral Reef data and deposited it in secure servers around the world. In most cases this data is not readily shared and in some cases even charged for.
Knowledge workers and end users would have to specially know where to look for these data. A single source for coral and coastal data will provide a substantially better overall evaluation process, with user-friendly, interactive GIS Portals and interactive gis maps and metadata.
By studying fossils, evidence for evolution is revealed. Paleontologists are scientists who study fossils to learn about life in the past. Fossils allow these scientists to determine the features of extinct species. Paleontologists compare the features of species from different periods in history. With this information, they try to understand how species have evolved over millions of years. And the same can be said for a Collaborative Coral Reef Registry.
Rock Layers and the Age of Fossils
There are many layers of rock in the Earth's surface. The fossils and the order in which fossils appear are called the fossil record. The fossil record provides evidence for when organisms lived on Earth, how coral species evolved, and how some species have gone extinct.
This Geoportal allows for local events, threats and parameters over time to be studied in relation to many other parameters in a single location without having to use mutable sources and/or databases all with the "where am I feature" in relationship to identified events.
For example with the ability of individual citizen scientist, observations at a known location (lat, lng), will be able to make assumptions about how other observations may affect coral such as sediment runoff, which is deadly to coral or the movement of the red tide, research, oil spills etc.
Generations will be able to look back in time at coral and coastal environments/data and make predictions based on past performance.
By mashing up mutable information layers, previously unknown events, trends and trouble spots become visible. This is a decision based on real time data. The best kind!
(1) Upper to late Jurassic coral reefs can be typified by their faunal composition, dominance, and frequency of coral species, their sedimentological characteristic, and their general shape and dimensions. In general, medium to high diversity coral reefs with 40 or more coral species in one coral association should be....Vic Ferguson
Setting Data Free
WFCRC is working to consolidate specific data for specific locations, into a searchable platform, Deep-dive time Digital Earth, described by some as a “geological Google.” or digital twins.
One of the most important projects is the feature that allows existing databases to “talk” to each other and combine with RSS feeds, IoT and other relative threads.
The initiative was sanctioned by the International Union of Geological Sciences in 2018 and developed in cooperation with national geological surveys, professional associations, academic institutions and scientists around the world.
Analog and Parellism for Collborative Coral Reef Registry- Sharing the idea!
Deep-Time Digital Earth Aims to Create Shared, Searchable Sources of Geological Data
July 2021 Emily Smith Llinás et al.
"In a world where everything seems to be connected – information, technology, viruses – it only makes sense that geological and marine data should be the same.
The reality, however, is different. Geological data collected by individuals, companies, and academic institutions across the world over hundreds of years is scattered across the globe and stored in different formats.
“At the moment geoscience is really held back in many areas because we haven’t managed to set data free. It’s still in isolated databases, or even worse, in analogue form,” said Michael Stephenson, AAPG member and executive chief scientist at the British Geological Survey."
DDE’s mission and vision are to “harmonize global deep-time digital Earth data and share global geoscience knowledge” and to “transform Earth science” through a fully interoperable, FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) network of databases and data that benefit all of geoscience.
DDE prioritizes projects that synthesize global Big Data and Big Science to tackle Earth-related challenges, including water and energy resources.
Stephenson, who serves as chair of the DDE Governing Council, says geoscientists can learn from other scientific disciplines that use technology to process and synthesize data.
“We need to be able to operate like the astronomers, physicists and genomics people regularly using data in big chunks and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques,” he said.
“We all stand to gain in making further fundamental discoveries in geoscience by bringing data together and setting it free – in the same way that physicists and astronomers have.”
The Digital Revolution
“The emergence of Big Data has brought brand new goals, paths and technologies. We are able to use data to demonstrate the four-billion-year evolution and history of the Earth visually and using other people-friendly approaches,” he said. “That will raise the level of human cognition of planetary processes to an unprecedented level, just like what the photo of (a) black hole synthesized by computer for the first time recently did for our interest in cosmology.”
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