THE SEALINK PROJECT
an interdisciplinary research team to assess how land-derived and waterborne inputs affect the growth and survival of coral reefs in the Dutch Caribbean.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON CARIBBEAN REEFS THAT LEAD TO THE RESEARCH QUESTIONS SEALINK AIMS TO ADDRESS
A process-based investigation of reef growth may require scientists to take on a different perspective and even challenge some of their long-held assumptions. Preliminary analyses have already revealed some unexpected processes contributing to reef growth. Some information on what we already know about coral reefs in the Dutch Caribbean is found below.
Results and recommendations of the reef surveys conducted in 2015 by the Waitt Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Carmabi and many others. This report (~6Mb) overviews the state of reefs (fish, coral abundance, water quality etc.) along 140+ sites around Curacao, including Klein Curacao and the North shore and overviews the relevance and potential impact of invasive species, climate change etc. on the island’s marine ecosystems……