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Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program


Close-up image of the coral Diploria strigosa Photo: R. Ritson-Williams

Smithsonian MarineGEO The Smithsonian Institution Marine Global Earth Observatories, or MarineGEO, is the first truly global-scale network of ecological observatories dedicated to understanding changes in the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This network is unique in its commitment to standardized, long-term measurements and innovative experiments across traditional disciplinary boundaries, occurring at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales. It is only this approach that can lead to fundamental understanding and sustainability of our oceans.

The Smithsonian Ocean Portal An interactive online experience that inspires awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the world’s Ocean, developed by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and more than 20 collaborating organizations.

Healthy Reefs for Healthy People A collaborative Initiative that generates user-friendly tools to measure the health of the Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem.

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce (SMS) A research center specializing in marine
biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida. Research focuses on the Indian River Lagoon and the offshore waters of Florida's east central coast, with comparative studies throughout coastal Florida.

Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit (SMEE) The education and outreach arm of SMS. At the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats and learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems.


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