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About NCRI

The United States Congress mandated the creation of the National Coral Reef Institute in 1998. It has entrusted the responsibility with the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of Nova Southeastern University in Southern Florida (one of the country s largest independent universities). NCRI receives Congressional funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (NOAA/CSCOR), home of the Coastal Ocean Program (NOAA/COP). NOAA/COP is part of the National Ocean Service (NOAA/NOS) and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NOAA/NCCOS).


The National Coral Reef Institute was established by Congressional mandate in 1998. NCRI's primary objective is the assessment, monitoring, and restoration of coral reefs through basic and applied research and through training and education. NCRI operates at the Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


NCRI's primary objective is the Assessment, Monitoring, and Restoration of coral reefs through basic and applied research and through training and education.


NCRI's mission is to identify gaps and constraints in scientific knowledge of reef structure and function as they relate to issues of assessment, monitoring, and restoration. Through active research and collaborative funding, NCRI undertakes and facilitates hypothesis-based scientific research in emerging reef issues and technologies. NCRI provides scientific synthesis and evaluation criteria of existing programs for use by the research and management community. These include the study of minimally impacted, stressed, and imminently threatened and endangered reefs. Assessing and monitoring biodiversity is a priority, especially as it affects and interacts with ecological processes, overall reef function, reef recovery, and restoration. NCRI's primary capability is that of offering a strong scientific focus as well as innovative approaches to relevant scientific issues in all aspects of coral reef biology.


  • Identify constraints in current scientific understanding of assessment, monitoring, and restoration of reefs.
  • Provide scientific focus to emerging and innovative approaches of these issues.
  • Assess, document, and monitor biodiversity levels of ecologically important reef organisms.
  • Conduct hypothesis-based research.
  • Evaluate and synthesize scientific information relevant to scientists and marine resource managers.
  • Provide scientific expertise to investigate ecological processes and information on global coral reef issues.
  • Identify, fund, and provide theoretical and applied programs of coral reef research.
  • Coordinate expertise and resources for quick response to damage, and provide alternatives for long-term action.
  • Provide assistance in resolving claims and disputes within reef protection, mitigation, and rehabilitation.
  • Recommend and advise on coral reef management and public policy.
  • Provide effective education (courses and training) on effective practices of reef conservation and restoration/remediation.
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