Protection & Restoration of Resource

Research focused on the prototype development of technology, tools, and effective approaches to restoration, as well as bio-geographical characterizations intended to enable improvements in defining and protecting components of marine protected areas and restoring habitats and populations. A wide range of problems are addressed from removing contaminants to providing new materials and techniques to protect underwater cultural resources. This research theme specifically includes human- dimensions science in addition to the natural sciences. 

Theme 7 activities contribute to NOAA Mission Goal 1: Healthy Oceans – Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems.