What determines the health of a coral reef?



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    One way scientists can check coral reef is through remote sensing. Flying as low as 3,000 feet (1,000 meters), the scientists use a device called a spectrographic imager to measure the corals’ color characteristics. Every coral has a distinct spectral “signature,” and any changes in this may indicate a change in the health of the reef. Corals will often bleach if they are dying.

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    There are many factors that scientists and researchers examine when trying to evaluate the health of a coral reef ecosystem. Some of the factors that are looked at are; upwelling, tidal currents, coral morphology, coral physiology, functional diversity, reproduction, exposure to thermal stress, mortality rates, recovery rates, and pH levels.

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