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Coral Reefscape Ecology and Mapping

Periodic Report Summary 1 - CREM (Coral Reefscape Ecology and Mapping)

During its two years, the CREM project resulted in two publications in peer-reviewed journals dealing with the bathymetry, coral reef diversity mapping using very high resolution satellite imagery and three publications in peer-reviewed proceedings tackling on the novel satellite and statistical by-products developed to study coral reef ecosystems.
The CREM project was promoted by two oral presentations dealing with the interest of very high resolution satellite imagery to detect boulders transported by high-energy events and the innovative spaceborne proxy for mapping coral cover, as well as two poster presentations related to the novel satellite and statistical by-products developed to study coral reef ecosystems.
Due to its originality, the CREM project enabled the fellow to give four seminars showing the key points of the coral reef remote sensing in French Polynesia, USA and France.
Regarding a teaching aspect, two lectures identifying the interest of the remote sensing to study coral reef ecosystems were transmitted to primary and secondary school teachers in French Polynesia.
In terms of the research career development, the fellow both fructified his scientific and teaching experiences. He indeed gained publications and bolstered his networking when disseminating the CREM results in conferences in Vancouver (Canada) and Cairns (Australia). On the other hand, he enjoyed explaining to a wide variety of audience (including a supervised Master 2) the importance to use remote sensing to address burning issues related to coral reef conservation.
Underpinned by outcomes tied to the fellow's research and teaching, the reintegration of the fellow holds certain promise.