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Coral Protocols Online

Coral Protocols Online (CPO) is the latest addition to the CDHC website (in beta testing). CPO is an online coral community resource intended to be a living document that provides up-to-date protocols, laboratory methods and techniques to support scientific research in coral health-related topics.

We invite contributions from YOU to expand this online community resource. Submissions will undergo review prior to inclusion in the collection. Download a template to organize your protocol. Once you have prepared your protocol it may be submitted to the CDHC at CDHC.Coral@noaa.gov by entering New Protocol in the subject line and attaching the protocol in Word and pdf formats.

Topics

Definitions

  • A protocol is a precise and detailed experimental plan.
  • A method is a procedure of regular, systematic and orderly arranged steps to accomplish a task.
  • A technique is a particular practical method to accomplish a task requiring skill and knowledge derived from practice and familiarity, leading to proficiency and skillfulness in a particular procedure.

Advantages

  • Provides procedures that have been tested and that work in coral
  • Organized in a standard format of step-by-step procedures
  • Includes required materials, equipment, and their sources
  • Includes figures, graphs and/or tables illustrating typical results
  • Provides intended application for the protocol to aid in proper selection for addressing a given problem
  • Includes caveats, warnings, and notes to help in troubleshooting