Human factors in a coral reef database

Richard B. Pollnac, John McManus

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Besides physical and biological conditions, global efforts to document coral reefs must also account for the behavior of human beings. Human cause direct damage to coral by using destructive fishing techniques and coral mining. Indirection damage is caused by land based human such deforestation, mining agriculture and aquaculture, electric power and desalinization plant operation and waste disposal. This paper describes REEFBASE, a global database on coral reefs being developed by ICLARM, and discusses its integration with a parsimonious set of indicators of coral reef related human behaviors as well as related political, socioeconomic, and cultural variable which can be used to assess, predict, and potentially manage these behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Zone: Proceedings of the Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 9th 1995 Conference on Coastal Zone - Tampa, FL, USA
Duration: Jul 16 1995Jul 21 1995


OtherProceedings of the 9th 1995 Conference on Coastal Zone
CityTampa, FL, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering


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