June 12 Report Release and Webcast: Interventions to Protect Coral Reefs


Coral reefs around the world are increasingly in danger from a changing climate, as bleaching, more-frequent disease outbreaks, and ocean acidification threaten corals’ health. Researchers have proposed interventions to help improve the reefs’ resilience in the face of climate change, ranging from selectively breeding corals for heat resistance, to mixing cool water into their habitats, to manipulating their genes to make them more threat-resistant.


How close are various interventions to being ready for use? And how can communities weigh the potential benefits and risks of particular interventions for local reefs?  A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – A Decision Framework for Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs -- responds to these questions, offering a technical assessment of interventions and a decision process that can be used by local reef managers and stakeholders. The new report follows a previous one released last November that described 23 interventions under development.


The report will be released at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 12, with a public briefing, which will be webcast. The briefing will take place in the Members’ Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.


Participating from the committee that wrote the report will be:


-- Stephen Palumbi (chair), Jane and Marshall Steel Jr. Professor in Marine Sciences, Stanford University

-- Marissa Baskett, associate professor of environmental science and policy, University of California, Davis


Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT on Tuesday, June 11. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 12.


Reporters who wish to obtain copies or attend the briefing should register with the Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.


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