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NSF Award(s) OCE-0417412 , OCE-1236905 (View all sites)

The Moorea Coral Reef LTER is located on the island of Moorea 20 km northwest of the main island of Tahiti, French Polynesia. Moorea is a high, 1.2 million year old volcanic island surrounded by a well developed coral reef and lagoon system.
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Contact Information
Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Russell Schmitt
Primary Contact: Andrew Brooks
Information Mgr: Mary Gastil-Buhl
Education Contact: Sammy Davis
Graduate Student Representative: Mark Ladd
Social Science Representative: Hunter Lenihan
Climate Science Representative: Peter Edmunds
Communication Representative:
Marine Science Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150
Phone: 805 893-7670
Fax: 805 893-3777
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Site History
The Moorea Coral Reef LTER was established in September 2004.
Research Topics
The science themes that form the nucleus of the Moorea Coral Reef LTER program include the: (1) biological bases for variation in ecological performance of stony corals (the foundational group); (2) population dynamics of key groups; (3) food web and nutrient dynamics; and (4) maintenance and functional consequences of diversity. Two additional research components cut across these themes: (a) an explicit focus on physical biological coupling over multiple scales; and (b) physical and ecological models to synthesize field results and obtain generality. Identified issues within each thematic area will be explored through focused, process-oriented studies and by long-term experiments and time series of key abiotic conditions, ecosystem functions, and community and population attributes of major functional groups.
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Site Location
Lat: -17.49085 | Long. -149.82612

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature 32.17 c 25.9c 18.15c
Precipitation 2628 mm/year 1718 mm/year 976 mm/year