Pacific Ocean Expedition: Survey 1
Hawaii is a large archipelago right in the middle of the Pacific region, with eight main islands across 2,400 kilometres squared. In August 2015 we joined up with our partners at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to survey the coral reef communities of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Being so remote in the Pacific Ocean, many coral reefs here are fully exposed to really high waves, strong currents, and cyclones, which allows us to examine the effects of oceanography. This expedition will also create an important baseline record of the coral reefs here, before the predicted 2015/16 coral bleaching occurs.