Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS)
On-going collaborative efforts are focusing on the development of consistent and cost-effective genetic processing and analysis methodologies, including pyrosequencing and microarray ‘reef-chips’, image analyses, and an ARMSBase information system. Preliminary results indicate that coupled taxonomic and molecular analyses of ARMS specimens will provide an unprecedented tool to monitor changes in cryptic reef community structure over time as reefs become increasingly threatened by climate change and ocean acidification.
Images of individual ARMS plates when disassembled.
For more information visit the NOAA Fisheries Coral Reef Ecosystem Division ARMS web pages.
New Species of Octopus from Australia ARMS