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Coral Bleaching Network (ICRS 2016, Hawaii)

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Reef Check Indonesia have the opportunity to deliver presentation about “How the Coral Bleaching Network Enable Comprehensive Tracking of Bleaching in Across Indonesia” at the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Hawaii. Derta Prabuning as representative of Reef Check Indonesia tell a story about how this network can be so important to track coral condition in Indonesia.

Let’s check some notes from his presentation:
Reef Check Network Indonesia established in 1997, the network rapidly grows comprising ranges of reef stakeholders from individual to institution, from fisherman to scientists. To monitor bleaching event and how the reef is impacted, timing is really important. However, tracking bleaching development in vast-scattered reef nations such as Indonesia is really challenging.

Reef Check Network Indonesia (RCNI) and partners worked together in creating a coral bleaching network to cope with 2009-2010 bleaching event. An alert, based on NOAA coral bleaching satellite data, was distributed regularly to the network during the hot season. This is followed by personal communication to certain members in bleaching alert areas.

The network provided an in situ coral bleaching early warning. RCNI then distributed this information to its scientist members so they can determined whether or not a more thorough coral bleaching data was needed. A headquarter coordinates the network and provides supports for both science capacity and organizational building. To minimize the costs, innovative coordination using various modes include social media.

By 2010, the network gathered the most comprehensive coral bleaching data in Indonesia despite that there was no resources dedicated to this effort. The success lays behind RCNI structured. By 2015 the network has covered all main islands in Indonesia, involving up to 2,500 volunteers. With the bleak prediction of future bleaching events, it is hoped that the RCNI can be strengthened and expanded by using a more high tech and simpler information sharing system, as well as a data base.


*The ICRS is sanctioned by the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and held every four years. It is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. The Symposium will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations in a forum to present the latest research findings, case histories and management activities, and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.


**Coral reefs are one of the natural wealth of Indonesia, with a very important function among the others, protective coastal ecosystems, home to marine life, the source of medicine, tourism, research areas, and has a spiritual value in some areas. On the other hand, coral reefs also face a variety of threats, both natural and human activities. One of the threats that caused rapid mass coral bleaching is the rising of sea surface temperatures. To find out more about coral bleaching and monitoring measures please click here Coral Bleaching Indonesia.

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