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Earth Science Division Highlights for week ending Nov. 8, 2006.

L. Guild attends US Coral Reef Task Force Meeting

At the request of NASA HQ program manager, Paula Bontempi, Liane Guild (SGE) represented NASA at the US Coral Reef Task Force meeting held in St. Thomas, USVI, October 22-29. NASA and other federal agencies support the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, an organization that is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the nation's coral reefs. The task force is developing a report detailing the state of coral reef ecosystems to be presented to Congress in 2007. It will participate in the International Year of the Reef (2008), and the International Coral Reef Symposium, as well. Additionally, the team reviewed tools for responding to major coral reef injury events, discussed sustainable tourism, as well as ocean acidification and its impacts on coral reef calcification, and it listed the elkhorn and staghorn coral (Acropora) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Guild presented NASA's report during the session of member agencies' presentations. Guild was the PI on the NASA airborne mission to assess the massive coral bleaching event that struck the Caribbean in December 2005.

Information about the US Coral Reef Task Force can be obtained at its website: www.coralreef.gov. Guild's Coral Reef Health website is at: http://geo.arc.nasa.gov/sge/coral-health(POC: Liane Guild, 4-3915)



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