Coral Reef Workshop Held on Moloka'i, Hawai'i
Dec. 2001 / Jan. 2002
On November 9 and 10, 2001, the USGS convened a workshop at the Moloka'i Education Center to
present findings specific to the south shore of Moloka'i and to discuss the future direction of mapping
the coral reefs in Hawai'i. Project scientists from the USGS (Santa Cruz, St. Petersburg, Flagstaff,
Woods Hole, Honolulu, Menlo Park, and Denver), the University of Hawai'i, the University of
Washington, the University of California, and the University of Colorado presented talks on the
past year's scientific findings. The talks were followed by lively discussion periods.
From left to right: Bill Steiner (BRD, Honolulu), Mimi D'Iorio (University of California, Santa Cruz), and
Gordon Tribble (WRD, Honolulu) view three-dimensional images of Moloka'i's coral reef. The images
were created by Pat Chavez's remote-sensing team in Flagstaff, AZ.
participants included guests from the local Hawai'i offices of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration), the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the USDA (U.S. Department of
Agriculture), the Oceanic Institute, Bishop Museum, the Hawai'i Department of Aquatic Resources,
the Nature Conservancy, and Moloka'i community members.
Presentations encompassed a range of topics, including historical changes to the island and coast,
erosion modeling, physical factors controlling the Moloka'i reef, benthic-habitat distribution,
sedimentation and transport issues, and mapping techniques.
Mike Field (USGS, Santa Cruz) welcomes approximately 50 scientists and guests to a
workshop held in Moloka'i on November 9 and 10. Participants discussed scientific findings and
progress of the Moloka'i Coral Reef Project.
Posters were hung on available
wallspace during the 2-day event, and the evenings found the diverse group of participants poring
over maps and seismic lines well after dinner was over.
A field trip the day after the workshop
(Nov. 11) gave some guests the opportunity to see the reef by snorkel and to view firsthand many
of the factors influencing the south coast of Moloka'i.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Dec. 2001 / Jan. 2002
in this issue:
Honduras Coral Reefs
Miami Canal Surveys
Cape Cod Lakes
African Dust Lecture
Falmouth, MA Public Schools
WHFC Web Site
Sea-Level Rise & Coastal Disasters
Restoring Louisiana's Coastal Ecosystems
Two New Postdocs
Student & Visiting Scientist
Cape Cod Marathon
Dec./Jan. Publications List