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Land-based Sources of Threat to Coral Reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Author(s): World Resources Institute (WRI) and NOAA

NCCOS Center: CCMA (

Center Team: Biogeography

Publication Type: Book

Date of Publication: 2006

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Keywords: Land-based Sources of Threat, Coral Reefs, U.S. Virgin Islands, USVI atlas

Abstract: Project Goal With support from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The “Reefs at Risk” project of the World Resources Institute (WRI) teamed with NOAA’s “Summit to Sea” project to develop and implement analysis of land-based threats to coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico. The goal of the collaboration is to support improved management of coastal ecosystems by developing and making available extensive information on watershed-based threats to these ecosystems, including identification of watersheds which are highly erosive and those watersheds contributing elevated levels of sediment and pollution to coastal waters. Data assembled or developed under this collaboration, including analysis results, are published on the Coastal Data CD for the U.S. Caribbean1. The data CD also serves as a GIS data sampler for both the USVI and Puerto Rico, allowing users to do their own analysis of land-based sources of threat. This atlas provides a summary of some of the spatial indicators developed under the project.

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