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Episode 504: Reefs of Rangiroa

Scientists with the Global Reef Expedition are on a six year mission to study remote coral reefs around the world. Organized by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, the expedition kicked off in 2011, with plans to conduct research in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. In the spring of 2013, the Changing Seas crew caught up with the science team in Rangiroa, French Polynesia.

While there, experts conducted extensive habitat mapping to create one of a kind seafloor atlases. Scientists also assessed the health of the reefs to compare and contrast the resilience of reef systems throughout the region. Experts hope the information gathered in the field will help local resource managers develop conservation strategies to mitigate human impacts on fragile reef ecosystems.

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Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

Alexandra Dempsey


Ken Marks

Special Thanks:

Alison Barrat

Officers & Crew of the M/Y Golden Shadow

Funding for this episode of Changing Seas was provided by:

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