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Ameris Ixchel Contreras Silva

Institution: University of Bremen
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Ameris Contreras

PhD project:

Coral Reef Monitoring in the Mexican Mesoamerican Barrier Reef using Remote Sensing

Coral reefs are among the most threatened ecosystems; they provide important ecological goods and services such as high biodiversity, outstanding productivity, or coastal protection. Thus there is an urgent need to develop robust methods for mapping and monitoring coral reefs in order to assess changes in their status over time.

The case study presented in this work, takes place in the Mesoamerican Reef System in Mexico (MRS), the second longest barrier system in the world. This ecosystem is also recognized as one of the most biodiverse regions in the wider Caribbean, however, the status of these reefs is under extreme stress. The aim of this study is to get an overview of the actual benthic status in the MRS, how this changed over time and, to establish a Remote Sensing monitoring strategy coupled with traditional approaches to understand and manage anthropogenic impacts on reef's systems.

Thesis committee:

Prof. Dr. Christian Wild University of Bremen
Dr. Andra Thiel University of Bremen
Dr. Claudius Mott freelance
Dr. Lorenzo Alvarez-Filip National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico


GLOMAR Research Theme C