Kjferve, B.; Ogden, J. C.; Garzon-Ferreira, J.; Jordan-Dahlgren, E.; De Meyer, K.; Penchaszadeh, P.; Wiebe,W. J.; Zieman, J. C.; Woodley, Jeremy D.
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Centre for Marine Sciences
CARICOMP: A Caribbean network of marine laboratories, parks and reserves for coastal monitoring and scientific collaboration
CARICOMP: Caribbean coral reef, seagrass and mangrove site
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Coastal region and small island papers
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Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) is a regional scientific program and a network of marine laboratories, parks, and reserves to study land-sea interaction processes in the wider Caribbean region. The program focuses on understanding and comparing the structure and function of mangroves, seagrasses, and coral reefs the three main coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean. The CARICOMP program was established in 1985. The CARICOMP network, started in 1990, has to date negotiated with 27 institutions in 17 countries to make standardized synoptic ecosystem measurements in relatively undisturbed mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef systems, together with relevant oceanographic and meteorological measurements. Since 1993, twelve institutions have fully implemented the protocol, eight institutions have partially implemented the protocol, and eight institutions have not progressed beyond the planning phase. Detailed site characterizations for 21 of the 27 participating institutions have been completed and are included in this volume. The principal goals of the program are to determine the dominant influences on coastal productivity, to monitor for ecosystem change, and ultimately to discriminate human disturbance from long-term natural variation in coastal systems over the range of their distribution. The CARICOMP network is coordinated by the Data Management Centre at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. There is an increasing number of examples of regional responses to large geographic scale perturbations. CARICOMP is capable of responding to events related to coral bleaching, mass mortality, disease, and storm and El Niņo phenomena, and regularly organizes workshops and training sessions.....