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Disturbance Response Monitoring “DRM”

The Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) is a collaborative effort among local, state and federal environmental managers, scientists, conservation organizations and reef users to develop resilience-based management strategies for anticipating and addressing climate change and other stressors on Florida’s coral reefs. To learn more about FRRP, please visit

Coral bleaching is projected to increase in response to climate change-induced warming of ocean temperatures, and the FRRP Disturbance Response Monitoring program (DRM) was developed for monitoring shallow coral reefs from the Dry Tortugas to Martin County to facilitate adaptive management in a changing environment. The DRM consists of a probabilistic sampling design and a condition monitoring protocol for stony corals implemented during the annual period of peak thermal stress. Each year, survey teams from federal, state, and local government agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations cooperate to complete surveys across the entire south Florida Reef Tract within an eight to ten-week period.

Here is a list of our DRM survey partners: The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Laboratory, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Palm Beach Zoo, and Keys Marine Lab.