People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

Coral Bleaching

Coral Bleaching

Coral Reef Studies

From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)

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Serge Andréfouet

Serge Andréfouet

Research Leader

Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopment, Jembrana Bali, Indonesia

+ 62 365 44266

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UMR 250 – Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopment
Balai Penelitian dan Observasi Laut, Balitbangkp, KKP.
Institute for Marine Research & Observation (IMRO)
Jl. Baru Perancak, Jembrana Bali-Indonesia.
Tel : + 62 365 44266
Fax : + 62 365 44278


Spatial models and multi-scale distribution and dynamics of habitats for characterization and management of coral reefs.

1. Methods and tools for studying reef remote sensing
radiative transfer model and image corrections, analysis of spectral signatures. Classifications and blurred and sharp segmentation, coupled with 3D modeling, change detection, acoustic-optic cooperation, coupled with field work, evaluation of new sensors performances: SeaWiFS, Landsat 7, IKONOS, Quickbird, CASI

2. Inventory of biodiversity and remote sensing mapping of reefs
systematic mapping of the planet reefs from Landsat 7 images (Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project Project).Typology and mapping of reef and lagoon habitats of many sites from images at very high resolution. Inventory of biodiversity of coral reefs. Diachronic study of very high resolution image series. Of inventory shipments coordination and field measurements (Maldives, Polynesia)

3. Study and modeling of processes reef
evolution under anthropogenic influences reefs, productivity and biomass of reef hydrodynamic operation and lagoons of atolls of Polynesia, connectivity between reefs (Caribbean, Pacific), structure and maintenance of biodiversity, bleaching Reef (Australia), sediment transport and water quality (NC), changes in reef habitats, tectonics and reefs (Vanuatu), species-habitat relationships.

4. Management of coral reefs
study of reef fisheries (Polynesia, New Caledonia, Maldives); Evaluation of Global Marine Protected Areas Network;optimization algorithms of marine protected areas (implementation in Belize and Wallis); implementation of GIS and database in different locations; Map data transfer to many countries; Support the classification of UNESCO World Heritage Caledonia reefs.

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