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NSU Oceanographic Center - Coral Reefs Research Guide: NSU OC Research

This guide links to NSU Library resources for coral reef research, such as e-journals, databases, books, ebooks, websites, and more. It also provides an overview of the NSU Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research.

Coral Reef Research at the NSU OC

Our Changing Seas Video

Our Changing Seas -

An Atlantic & Caribbean Coral Reef Story

Our Changing Seas
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Learn more about the large ceramic coral reef sculptural in the COE lobby.

South Florida Coral Reef Mapping Flyby

South Florida Coral Reef Mapping Flyby

South Florida Coral Reef Mapping

GIS & Spatial Ecology Lab
Brian K. Walker

South Florida Coral Reef Mapping video
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Center of Excellence

Global Research at the NSU OC

Coral Reef Research Tools from the NSU OC


The CPCe (Coral Point Count with Excel extensions) program is a Windows-based software (PC use only) that provides a tool for the determination of coral cover using transect photographs. A specified number of spatially random points are distributed on a transect image and the features underlying the points are user-identified. Coverage statistics are then calculated and the results sent to Excel spreadsheets automatically. Additionally, CPCe can be used for image calibration and area analysis of benthic features. Excel sheets are automatically generated to summarize the area calculations for each image.

Visual HEA

Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA) is a means to determine the amount of compensatory restoration required to provide services that are equivalent to the interim loss of natural resource services following injury. The lost services are calculated from the time of injury through the recovery process. Recovery could be either via natural recovery or active restoration. The compensatory restoration services are calculated from the time of commencement through process of the chosen restoration. An injury to natural resources therefore involves a time component during which the ecological services that the resources provide are lost and over which the services of any compensatory restoration are gained. HEA uses a discounting procedure to account for asset valuation in that the total asset value is equal to the present discounted value of the future stream of all services from the natural resource or the compensatory resource. This concept of discounting is explained by an individual's preference for goods and services at any given time. Discounting takes into account that the further into the future that a service is provided, the less it is valued today. Therefore, the HEA approach is particularly well suited for analysis because it can be used to quantify the loss and recovery of resources and includes this time factor.


Living Oceans Foundation Global Reef Expedition

Track the travels of the Golden Shadow