We conduct research, monitoring, and analysis of living marine resources and ecosystems across the Pacific Ocean. Our field research activities range from near-shore island ecosystems like coral reefs to open ocean ecosystems on the high seas. Research focus includes: oceanography, coral reef ecosystem assessment and monitoring, benthic habitat mapping, and marine debris research and removal.
We use numerical ecosystem models to analyze the current structure and dynamics of marine environments, as well as to examine potential projections of future conditions, such as those resulting from climate change impacts. Because humans are a key part of the ecosystem, our research also includes social and economic aspects of fishery and resource management decisions. We also provide scientific support to international organizations.
Visit our site at www.pifsc.noaa.gov or click on our quick links below:
Cleaning up our reefs
Coral bleaching and disease
Deep coral reefs
Guam Atlantis ecosystem model
Kona area integrated ecosystem assessment
Satellite imagery--Ocean watch
Sounds of the reef