Protection and Restoration of Marine Resources

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Research conducted under this theme leads to:

  • development of technology prototypes, research tools, and scientific approaches to effective restoration and biogeographical characterizations of marine resources that would utilize emerging technologies and platforms (e.g. remote sensing, underwater vehicles, ‘omics and eDNA);
  • improvements in defining, observing, forecasting, and protecting components of marine protected areas and restoring habitats and populations to form healthy productive systems;
  • exploration of managed solutions to a wide range of problems from removing contaminants to providing new materials and techniques to protect underwater cultural resources, focused on the Southeast U.S. coastal ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico marine ecosystems