Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP): A Regional Laboratory Networkby John C. Ogden, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI,
Marc Steyaert, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI,
Abstract: The CARICOMP (Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity) project began with a workshop in 1982. Marine scientists from 12 Caribbean nations gathered to consider the factors controlling the distribution, abundance, and interactions of the three major Caribbean coastal ecosystems: coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. The ultimate goal of the CARICOMP project is to understand the factors controlling biological productivity in the Caribbean coastal zone and to facilitate the rational exploitation of its resources. We hypothesize that the productivity its ecosystems is enhanced by (1) interactions between adjacent systems and (2) by the nature and quantity of terrestrial runoff.
Subject Headings: Productivity | Ecosystems | Reefs and sills | Biological processes | Runoff | Oceanography
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