Scientific research is at the core of everything we do. It is an essential tool that directs and drives forwards our conservation work.
At this early stage the majority of the research being conducted revolves around surveys that assess and build up a detailed knowledge of the biodiversity of the site as well as an understanding of the key requirements that species have from their ecosystem.
The identification and recording of marine life through initial surveys will include:
- Fish surveying
- Benthic surveying
- Coral identification
This data can then be coupled with information gathered regarding the connectivity of a variety of ecosystems such as coral reef, seagrass, mangrove and forest habitats in order to gain a holistic view of the environment in which we operate. Some of the recent projects we have set up based on volunteer and intern interests include measurements of mangrove growth and recruitment, as well as plastic waste surveying to link marine waste to the plastic debris we find on land.
The continued monitoring of the site allowing for the collection of long term data is imperative to the understanding and assessment of changes that are occurring within the ecosystems, in particular where an anthropogenic impact is apparent.
However, the identification and monitoring of crucial environmental changes is just the beginning of the research we conduct at SORCE. Other research focuses allow us to gain an empirical measure of the effectiveness of our conservation initiatives, which in turn leads to the improvement of our methodologies and techniques as well as the development of new ones. By maintaining an objective and informed view of the work we are doing on a daily basis we are able to create viable conservation strategies that ensure our work is having the highest impact possible.