SSV Corwith Cramer cruise C-276 was the seagoing component of a semester program in environmental studies offered by the Sea Education Association (SEA) to university and college students. The 21 participating undergraduate students came from universities and colleges from across the United States and the Caribbean, with majors ranging from engineering to biology. The curriculum of the program was designed to examine the status of Caribbean coral reefs in a multidisciplinary study of human development patterns, public policy, and environmental factors and their combined effects on the coral ecosystems. During the four-week cruise, we sampled the waters around the reefs of Grenada, the Tobago Cays (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Montserrat, and Barbuda. At each of the visited islands, the students conducted interviews and site visits to understand the relevant policy issues and environmental stressors. Shipboard measurements and characterization of the oceanographic conditions were accomplished during a partial circumnavigation of each of the island while collecting underway data and by occupying two hydrographic research stations around each island.
Jan Witting (Sea Education Association)
Grenada, Tobago Cays (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Montserrat, Barbuda.