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Title: OPTIMISATION OF REEF SURVEY METHODS AND APPLICATION OF REEF METRICS AND BIOCRITERIA FOR THE MONITORING OF SEDIMENT-IMPACTED REEFS
Authors: PHYU PHYU TUN KARENNE
Keywords: Coral reef; Survey; Monitoring; Metrics; Biocriteria; Sediment
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2012
Source: PHYU PHYU TUN KARENNE (2012-07-30). OPTIMISATION OF REEF SURVEY METHODS AND APPLICATION OF REEF METRICS AND BIOCRITERIA FOR THE MONITORING OF SEDIMENT-IMPACTED REEFS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The current management of Singapore¿s coral reefs is heavily dependent on data derived from traditional benthic census methods and application of indicators that are designed to provide descriptive measures of the status and condition of coral reefs. While useful as status reporting tools, the methods in their current forms only provide post-mortem assessments and lack diagnostic capability for quantifying biological responses to environmental stressors, which, in Singapore¿s context, is critical as Singapore¿s reefs are continuously subjected to spatially and temporally variable chronic and acute sediment stress. To ensure that relevant data is collected, analysed and applied within a management framework, this thesis proposes a modular approach for monitoring Singapore¿s coral reefs through methodology streamlining and optimization, the application of situational-specific metrics to quantify changes along a sediment gradient and the use of biocriteria for environmental compliance monitoring. This protocol can be applied to sediment-stressed reefs throughout the region.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/35903
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