Purpose of the form
This two-part survey seeks to gather information on the next generation of variables we should be reporting from coral reefs. This information will be used in the context of a proposal to strengthen the GCRMN and build capacity for a coral reef marine Biodiversity Observation Network.
Data from this questionnaire will be used at a Town Hall workshop at the ICRS (June, Hawaii) to gather feedback from the coral reef science and conservation community, and subsequently to identify elements for scoping for a coral reef ‘biodiversity observation network’ or BON at the GEOBON Open Science Conference (July, Germany). Thereafter the information will be used in setting out a work plan for strengthening the GCRMN to be undertaken during 2017-2020.
Responses entered before 15 June 2016 will be included in the ICRS Town Hall meeting, but the survey will be kept open after that until 31 July 2016.
Instructions Part A has 4 parts, and will take about 10 minutes to complete:(1) Personal information (if you don’t want to be identified, enter a dummy name)(2) Data sharing and use(3) Your assessment of components of the GCRMN as concept/pilot/mature(4) Open comments/suggestions
Part B should be filled multiple times for as many variables as you would like to respond on. It may take 5-10 minutes for one variable:(1) Identify potential Essential Variables (EVs) for coral reefs, indicating the current status of their observing systems.
If there are non-applicable questions or questions you do not wish to answer, please disregard and continue to the next. A partially completed survey is still useful.
PART B: ESSENTIAL CORAL REEF VARIABLES
Please use the same name/email as you used for Part A and all variables entered in Part B, so we can link your responses if necessary.
“For any enquiries or further suggestions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with “GCRMN coral reef essential variables” in the Subject”.
Coordinated by: David Obura (CORDIO)GOOS BioEco Panel, GEOBON working group 5, IUCN SSC Coral Specialist Group