Sampling Corals along Belize Coast

Principal Investigators: Maoz Fine (PhD)  and Ofer ben-Tzvi (PhD) (The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel & Bar-Ilan University. Israel)

Summary: The Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment (FORCE) project is an integrated research project which takes an ecosystem approach, linking social and ecological aspects towards managing Caribbean coral reefs in the face of climate change. The investigators are a part of a team consisting of scientists from 20 institutions worldwide (mainly Europe and the Caribbean) studying the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on coral reefs. Specifically, the investigators are trying to determinate what are the effects of changes in aragonite saturation on coral growth rates in the Caribbean.