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C Thermal Capacity
C Cytosine
C&D Construction and Demolition
C&GC Climate and Global Change Program
C&GS Office of Charting and Geodetic Services
C&GS Coast and Geodetic Survey
C&SF Central and Southern Florida
C-CAP Coastal Change Analysis Program
C-CCREMP Comprehensive Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Project (NOAA)
C-FOAM Canadian Fisheries, Oceans and Aquaculture Management Group (UO)
C-GOOS Coastal GOOS; Coastal Panel of GOOS
C-HAPC South Atlantic FMC’s deepwater Coral Habitat Area of Particular Concern
C-MAN Coastal Marine Automated Network (NOAA)
C-MORE Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (NSF)
C-SIDE Coastal Science, Information and Data for the Ecosystem (NOAA)
C-SPODP Canada-South Pacific Ocean Development Program
C.I. L&S Cayman Islands Lands and Survey Department.
c.v. Coefficient of Variation
C/IOS Committee for Integrated Observing Systems
C2K Chesapeake 2000 Bay Agreement
C4MIP Carbon Cycle Model Intercomparison Project
CAA Caribbean Aquaculture Association
CAADP Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program
CAB chlorophyll a/b binding protein
CABI Caribbean Alliance for Biodiversity Information
CABRI Common Access to Biotechnological Resources and Information
CABS Center for Applied Biodiversity Science
CABSMPD Center for Applied Biodiversity Science and the Marine Programs Division
CAC chlorophyll a/c binding protein
CaCO3 Calcium Carbonate CBD Center for Biological Diversity
CAES Compressed air energy storage
CAF Coastal Assessment Framework
CAFF Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (Working Group)
CAFNEC Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (Australia)
CAFO Confined Animal Feeding Operation
CAFS Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences
CAKE Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (also CAKEX)
calcein AM calcein acetoxymethylester
CalCOFI California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations
CalPoly California Polytechnic State University
CAM Coastal Area Management
CAMA Florida Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas
CAMEO Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization (NOAA/NSF)
CAMEO Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations
CAML Census of Antarctic Marine Life
CAMMA Canaries and Anse La Raye Marine Management Area
CaMMESEC Coastal and Marine Management and Education in the South Eastern Caribbean
CAMP Coastal Area Management Project
CAMP Comprehensive Atmospheric Monitoring Programme (OSPAR)
CAMPAM Caribbean MPA Managers Network and Forum
CaMPAM Caribbean Marine Protected Area Management Network and Forum
CAMPAN Caribbean Marine Protected Area Network
CAMRE Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment
CAN Comisión Nacional del Agua (Mexico)
CAN Caribbean Acoustic Network (Red Acústica del Carib)
CANARI Caribbean Natural Resources Institute
CAO Chief Administrative Officer
CAP Crustacean Advisory Panel
CAP Coastal America Partnership
CAP Caribbean Action Plan
CAP community action plan
CAP Common Alert Protocol
CAP Conservation Action Planning
CAP Coral Advisory Panel (SAMFC)
CAP Common Agricultural Policy
CAPs Climate-Altering Pollutants
CAR Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative
CAR Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative
CAR/RCU Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP)
CaRA Caribbean Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing
CARACOLE Carbonate mounds and Cold Coral Exploration
CARESS Centre for Action Research on Environment Science and Society
Caribbean Islands NWR Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex
CariCOF Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum
CARICOM Caribbean Community and Common Market
CARICOM Caribbean Community
CARICOMP Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program
CariCOOS Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System
CARIPOL Marine Pollution Monitoring Program in the Caribbean [IOCARIBE]
CARIRI Caribbean Industrial Research Institute
CARLA Climate Adaptation for Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture
CARMABI Caribbean Marine Biological Institute (NA)
Caro-COOPS Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System
CARRUS Alliance Comparative Analysis of Reef Resilience Under Stress Alliance
CARSEA Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment
CART Classification and Regression Trees
Cartagena Convention Shorthand for the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region
CAS California Academy of Sciences
CAS Chemical Abstracts Service
CAS in Marine Biology Centre for Advanced Studies in Marine Biology (India)
CASI Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager
CAST Caribbean Association for Sustainable Tourism
CAT Collaborative Acoustic Telemetry (NOAA)
CAT Catalase
CATEC Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation
CATHALAC Centro del Agua del Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y el Caribe (Panama)
CATIE Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza
CAU Calcification Acidification Unit
CAU Calcification Accretion Unit
CAU Calcification Acidification Units
CB Ciliate Band
CBA Cost Benefit Analysis
CBA Community-Based Adaptation
CBAA Community-Based Adaptation in Africa
CBASE Current Base Condition
CBC Caribbean Biodiversity Conservation
CBC Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (AMNH)
CBCRM Community-based Coastal Resource Management
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CBD Center on Biological Diversity
CBD:CoP Convention of Biological Diversity: Conference on the Parties
CBDRR Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction
CBFMA Community-Based Forest Management Agreement
CBFMP Community-Based Fisheries Management Plan
CBIF Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
CBIN Canadian Biodiversity Information Network
CBM Community-Based Management
CBMP Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme
CBNMR Community-Based Natural Resources Management
CBNMS Cordell Bank National marine Sanctuary
CBO Community-Based Organization
CBOD Biodegradable Organics
CBOL Consortium for the Barcode of Life
CBP Chesapeake Bay Program
CBP U.S. Customs & Border Protection
CBR Center for Biodiversity Research (CAS)
CBRL CReefs Biodiversity Resource Locator
CBRM Community based resource management (CBRM)
CBS Coastal Boundary Systems
CBU Capital Build Up
CC Community Composition
CC California Current
CC Crushed Coral
CC-S Carbon and Climate-Secton (PICES)
CCA Crustose Coralline Algae
CCA Caribbean Correlation Association
CCA Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA)
CCA Climate Change Adaptation
CCA-LEAP Climate Change Adaptation for Communities: A Guide for Vulnerability Assessment and Local Early Action Planning
CCAD Central American Commission on Environment and Development
CCAF Caribbean Coastal Area Foundation (Jamaica)
CCAFS Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security
CCAM Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation
CCAMLR Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CCAMLR Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CCBA    Closed Circuit Breathing Apparatus
CCBF Climate Change Business Forum
CCC Coral Cay Conservation
CCC Coastal Coordination Committee
CCC Caribbean Conservation Corporation
CCC/STSL Caribbean Conservation Corporation & Sea Turtle Survival League
CCCC Caribbean Challenge to Conserve Corals
CCCCC Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
CCCL Coastal Construction Control Line
CCCO Committee on Climatic Changes and the Ocean
CCCP Centro Control de Contaminación del Pacífico (Colombia)
CCD Coastal Community Development
CCD Charge-Coupled Device
CCD Carbonate Compensation Depth
CCD Coral Conservation Division (NOAA)
CCD Climate Change Division (EPA)
CCD Coast Conservation Department
CCDC Caribbean Coastal Data Centre
CCE Community Conservation Education Program (Panama))
CCE California Current Ecosystem
CCEF Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Inc. (formerly the Sulu Fund)
CCEHBR Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (NCCOS/NOAA)
CCF Cayos Cochinos Foundation
CCFHR Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (NCCOS/NOAA)
CCG Canadian Coast Guard
CCHR Center for Human Health Risk (NCCOS/NOAA)
CCI Caribbean Ciliate Infection
CCI Caribbean Challenge Initiative
CCL Curved Carapace Length
CCLME California Current Large Marine Ecosystem
CCM Carbon Concentrating Mechanism
CCM Chemistry-Climate Model
CCMA Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (NOAA)
CCMA-BB Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, Biogeography Branch (NOAA)
CCMD Climate Change and Marine Disease (LAS)
CCMI Central Caribbean Marine Institute
CCMP (Coastal Bays) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
CCMVal Chemistry-Climate Model Validation Activity
CCN Community Conservation Network
CCOM Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (UNH)
CCP Comprehensive Conservation Plan
CCP Centro para la Conservacion del Paisaje
CCPA Environmental Protection and Conservation Center (CIBIO/UA)
CCPP Caribbean Coastal Pollution Project
CCPSA Committee Caborroje§os Pro Salud y Ambiente, Inc.
CCR Center for Conservation and Research (Sri Lanka)
CCR Commercial Fisher Catch Report(s)
CCRA Climate Change Risk Assessment
CCRC Center for Cetacean Research & Conservation
CCRC Caribbean Coral Reef Conference
CCRE Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program
CCREMP Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Project (NCCOS/NOAA)
CCRF Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries
CCRI Caribbean Coral Reef Institute
CCRIF Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility
CCRM Climate Change Risk Management
CCRR Center for Coral Reef Research (MML)
CCRR Center for Coral Reef Research (Hasanuddin University, Indonesia)
CCRT Center for Conservation Research and Training (UH)
CCRU Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (Cambridge University, UK)
CCS Chuuk Conservation Society
CCS CO2 Capture and Storage
CCS Center for Coastal Studies (TAMU)
CCS California Current System
CCS Carbon Capture and Storage
CCSM Community Climate System Model
CCSP Climate Change Science Program
CCT Chagos Conservation Trust
CCU Conservation Compliance Unit
CCU CRISP Coordinating Unit
CD Cousteau Divers
CD Molecules Cluster of Differentiation Molecules
CD-ROM Compact Disk-Read Only Memory
CDAT CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool (NOAA)
CDB Caribbean Development Bank
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CDC Conservation Data Center (UVI)
CDC Climate Diagnostics Center (UC)
CDCP Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDE Centre for Development and Environment
CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Management Agency
CDERA Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency
CDF Charles Darwin Foundation (Ecuador)
CDFG California Department of Fish and Game
CDHC Coral Disease and Health Consortium
CDIAC Carbon Dioxide Information and Analysis Center
CDIP Coastal Data Information Program (SIO)
CDM Caribbean Development Bank
CDM Clean Development Mechanism
CDMO Centralized Data Management Office
CDMP Climate Data Modernization Program (NOAA)
cDNA complementary DNA
CDOA Curacao Dive Operators Association (Bonaire)
CDOM Colored Dissolved Organic Matter
cDOM Chromophoric Dissolved Organic matter
CDP Community Development Plan
CDR Carbon Dioxide Removal
CDR Climate Data Record (NOAA)
CDRS Charles Darwin Research Station (Ecuador)
CDSAOA Commercial Diver Safety Awareness and Oceanic Awareness Association (T&T)
CDSS Caribbean Decision Support System
CDU Charles Darwin University
CDUA Conservation District Use Application (DLNR)
CDUP Conservation District Use Permit (DLNR)
CE Choice Experiment
CE Categorical Exclusion
CE Common Era; Christian Era; Current Era. Equivalent to AD (anno Domini, Latin for the Year of Our Lord)
CEA Central Environmental Authority (Sri Lanka)
CEA Centro Ecológico Akumal (Mexico)
CEA Cooperative Enforcement Agreement
CEA Cumulative Effects Analysis
CEAA Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
CEAME Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Marine Ecology ((New Zealand; University of Canterbury)
CEAP Conservation Effects Assessment Project (USDA)
CEB CoRIS Editorial Board
CEBA Comprehensive Ecosystem-based Amendment
CEC Commission for Environmental Cooperation (North American)
CEC Centre for Ecology and Conservation (University of Exeter)
CEC Carriacou Environmental Committee (Grenada)
CECA Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies (Cuba)
CECP Coral Ecosystem Conservation Program (NOAA proposed change from CRCP)
CED Communication and Education Division (NOS/NOAA)
CEDAM Conservation, Education, Diving, Awareness and Marine-research
CeDAMar Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life
CEDDS Complete Economic and Demographic Data Source
CEE Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
CEELAB Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab (UCF)
CEES Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences
CEF Cape Eleuthera Foundation
CEFAS Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Lowestoft/UK)
CEHI Caribbean Environmental Health Institute
CEI Cape Eleuthera Institute
CEIF Collaboration Evaluation and Improvement Framework
CEIS Caribbean Energy Information System
CELB Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
CELC Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center
CELCP Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (NOAA)
CELP Coral Ecosystems, Livelihoods and Policy Group (University of Exeter, UK)
CEMB Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology (University of Karachi)
CEMCS Coastal/Marine Ecological Classification Standard
CEMP Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (OSPAR)
CEMR Coalition for Enhanced Marine Resources
CEN Chagos Environment Network
CEN Caribbean Environment Network
CEN-SAD Community of Sahel-Saharan States
CENARA Capacity Enhancement of National Aquatic Resource Research and Development Agency
CENR Committee for Environment and Natural Resources (NESDIS/NOAA)
CENRO Community Environment and Natural Resources Office
CenSeam Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts
CEO Coasts, Estuaries, and Oceans
CEOE College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (UD)
CEOS Committee on Earth Observations Satellites
CEP Committee for Environmental Protection (Antarctic)
CEP Community Educational Program (HIMB)
CEP Caribbean Environment Program
CEP Caspian Environmental Programme
CePaCT Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees
CEPEX Central Equatorial Pacific Experiment
CEPF Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund
CEPNET Information Systems for the Management of Marine and Coastal Resources
CEPOH U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District
CEPP Central Everglades Planning Project
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CER Certified Emissions Reduction
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980
CERCLIS Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System
CEREGE European Center for Research and Education in Geosciences and the Environment
CERES Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economics
CERF Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (Australia)
CERMES Center for Resource Management and Environmental Studies
CERP Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
CES Co-operative Extension Service
CES Center for Ecosystem Survival (SFSU)
CES Center for Environmental Studies
CESAM Capítulo Estudiantil Sociedad Ambiente Marino (Student Chapter of the Marine Environment Society)
CESU Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit
CEU Continuation Education Unit
CF Climate and Forecast
CFA Closed Fishing Area
CFC Chlorofluorocarbon
CFD Conservation and Fisheries Department (BVI)
CFDA Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
CFGC California Fish and Game Commission
CFH Collection, Fishing, and Holding (MAC)
CFL Compact Fluorescent Lamp
CFMC Caribbean Fisheries Management Council
CFMIC Coastal and Fisheries Management Information Center (Philippines)
CFMP Community-based Fisheries Management Program
CFO Caribbean Field office (NOAA Fisheries)
CFO Chief Financial Officer
CFP Coastal Fisheries Programme (SCP)
CFP Ciguatera Fish Poisoning
CFP Common Fisheries Policy
CFP Cyan Fluorescent Protein
CFR Code of Federal Regulations; Federal Consistency Regulations
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFRA Customary Fishing Rights Area
CFRAMP CARICOM Fisheries Resource Assessment and Management Program
CFRAMP Caribbean Fisheries Resource Management Programme
CFRE Certified Fund Raising Executive Program
CFS Cubic Feet Per Second
CFS Climate Forcast System (NOAA)
CFS Coefficient of Faunal Similarity
CFSG Caribbean Fisheries Specialist Group
CFSR Climate Forecast System Reanalysis
CFU Colony Forming Units
CFV Cultural Function Value
CFZ Contiguous Fishery Zone
CG Coast Guard
CGC Climate and Global Change
CGC Comparative Genomics Centre (JCU)
CGCM Coupled General Circulation Model
CGE Computable General Equilibrium
CGFZ Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone
CGG Coral Genomics Group (JCU)
CGIAR Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
CH4 Methane
CHA Caribbean Hotel Association
CHAMP Coral Health And Monitoring Program (NOAA)
CHAPC Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (NOAA)
ChAT choline acetyltransferase
CHATA Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association
ChEss Biogeography of Deepwater Chemosynthetic Ecosystems
CHHR Center for Human Health Risk (NCCOS/NOAA)
CHI Coral Health Index
CHICOP Chumbe Island Coral Park (Zanzibar/Tanzania)
Chl Chlorophyll
CHM Clearing House Mechanism (CBD)
CHOW Capitol Hill Ocean's Week
CHPP Coastal Habitat Protection Plan
CHPP Cooperative Habitat Protection Partnerships (NOAA)
CHRIS IHO Committee on Hydrographic Requirements for Information Systems
CHS Canadian Hydrographic Service
CI Cayman Islands
CI Confidence Interval
CI Cooperative Institute
CI Conservation International
CI Cooperative Institute
CI CiberInfrastructure
CIAP Coastal Impact Assistance Program
CIASNET Caribbean Invasive Alien Species Network
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture
CIAT Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical
CIAV Climate Impact, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
CIBIO Centro de Investiacao em Biodiversidade e Recursos Geneticos (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources) (UA)
CICA Center for Environmental Inspection and Control (CITMA)
CICAR Cooperative Investigations of the Caribbean & Adjacent Regions
CICAR Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research
CICBP Coral Identification Capacity Building Programme
CICC Inter-institutional Committee for Climate Change
CICEET Cooperative Institute for Coastal and estuarine Environmental Technology
CICERO Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo
CICESE Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (Mexico)
CICM Council for Integrated Coastal Management
CICOR Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research
CICS Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (NOAA/Princeton University)
CID Coastal Information Directory (NOAA)
CIDA Canadian International Development Agency
CIDEA Environmental Information, Dissemination and Education Center (Cuba)
CIDIE Committee of International Development Institutions on the Environment
CIDOE Cayman Islands Department of the Environment
CIE Center for Independent Experts (UMiami)
CIE Committee of Independent Experts
CIEC Coastal Ecosystem Research Center (CITMA)
CIEDE Center for Indigenous Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
CIEE Council on International Education Exchange
CIESIN Center for International Earth Science Information Network
CIESM Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Mediterranee (Mediterranean Science Commission)
CIG Cayman Islands Government
CIGPT Geographical Information & Territorial Planning Centre (UA)
CII Clean Islands International, (Bahamas)
CII Cooperative Islands Initiative
CIL Cold Intermediate Layer
CILER Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research
CILSS Permanent Inter-States Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel
CIM Center for Marine Researche of the University of Havana (MEP)
CIMAR Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia (Universidad de Costa Rica)
CIMAR CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
CIMAS Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies
CIMH Caribbean Institute for Meteorology & Hydrology (Barbados)
CIMIIO Coleccion de Invertebrados Marinos Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanologicas (UABC)
CIMRC Channel Islands Marine Reserve Committee
CIMRIS Cook Islands Marine Resources Institutional Strengthening
CIMS Cruise Information Management System (NOAA))
CINMS Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
CINTOO Center for Integrated Ocean Observations (BIOS)
CINVESTAV Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados 
CIO Chief Information Officer
CIOERT Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research & Technology (NOAA)
CIP Centro International de Papa
CIP Capital Investment Projects
CIP Capital Improvement Project (Palau)
CIP Conservation Implementation Program
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (NOAA -U Colorado)
CISMA Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
CITA Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CI)
CITA International Conference on IT (Asia)
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
CITI CiberInfrastructure Technology Integration
CITMA Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (Cuba)
CIWRC Caribbean Islands Water Resources Congress
CL Cliona Lesion
CLARIS Europe-South America Network for Climate Change Assessment and Impact Studies
CLASS Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (NOAA)
CLCC Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative
CLD Coralline Lethal Disease
CLE Coastal Law Enforcement
CLEAN Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
CLEO Coral Literature, Education & Outreach
CLET Coastal Law Enforcement Team
Climate-ADAPT Climate Adaptation Platform
CLIOTOP Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability Program
CLIVAR ACC CLIVAR Anthropogenic Climate Change
CLIVAR DecCen CLIVAR Decadal to Century Time Scales
CLIVAR GOALS CLIVAR Global Ocean-Atmosphere-Land System
CLLJ Caribbean Low Level Jet
CLNP Columbus Landfall National Park
CLO Community Liaison Officer (Australia)
CLOD Coralline Lethal Orange Disease
CLPNR Canal Luis Peña No-Take Natural Reserve
CLRTAP Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
CLTC Chamorro Land Trust Commission
CM Current Meter
CMA Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
CMAC Coastal Management Advisory Council (RMI)
CMAR CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research
CMAR Corredor Marino - Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor Network
CMarZ Census of Marine Zooplankton
CMB Centre for Marine Biodiversisty
CMBB Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine (SIO)
CMC Caribbean Meteorological Council
CMDA Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (Mexico)
CMDL Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory (NOAA)
CMECS Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (FGDC)
CMEP Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society
CMES Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (UVI)
CMF Census of Marine Fishes
CMF Caribbean Meteorological Foundation
CMFRI Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
CMI College of the Marshall Islands
CMIP Coupled Model Intercomparison Project
CMIP5 Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5
CMIS Conical Scanning Microwave Imager/Sounder
CMLRE Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology
CMMD Coastal and Marine Management Division
CMMG Centre of Climate Meteorology and Global Changes (UA)
CMN Caribbean Mangrove Network (UWI)
CMO Caribbean Meteorological Organization
CMO-HU Caribbean Meteorological Organization –Headquarters Unit
CMOP Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (NSF)
CMP Coastal Management Program
CMPA Coastal and Marine Protected Areas
CMR CSIRO Division of Marine Research (Australia)
CMRC Caribbean Marine Research Center
CMRC Coastal & Marine Resources Centre
CMRP Coastal and Marine Resource Program (NOAA)
CMRS Center for Marine Resource Studies (TCI)
CMS Center for Marine Science (UNCW)
CMS Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
CMS Centre for Marine Sciences (UWI Mona)
CMS College of Marine Science (USF)
CMS Centre for Marine Studies (UQ)
CMS Content Management System
CMS Convention on Migratory Species
CMSP Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (NOAA)
CMTJ Chile Margin Triple Junction
CMTTP Cooperative Marine Turtle Tagging Program
CN Coral Network (Japan)
CN Corne Nord (Reunion)
CN- Cyanide ion
CNAP National Protected Area Center (CITMA)
CNAP National Centre for Protected Areas (Cuba)
CNAS College of Natural and Applied Sciences (UOG)
CNATG Content Needs Assessment Task Group (GBIF)
CNES Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (France)
CNMI Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
CNP Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
CNPCP Hawaii Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
CNRM Centre National de Recherches Meteorologiques
CNROP National Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Centre (Mauritania)
CNRS National Centre for Scientific Research
cNSP Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (located in a coding region of a gene)
CO Carbon Monoxide
CO Cytochrome Oxidase
CO Community Officer
CO-OPS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (NOAA)
CO2 Carbon Dioxide
CoA Commonwealth of Australia
COADS Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set
COAG Council of Australian Governments
COAPS Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies
COARDS Cooperative Ocean/Atmosphere Research Data Service (NOAA/University cooperative)
COAST Coastal and Oceanographic Assessment, Status and Trends (NCCOS /NOAA)
COB Close of Business
COB College of the Bahamas
COBI Communidad y Biodiversidad (Mexico)
CoBOP Coastal Benthic Optical Properties Program (ONR)
COBRA Coastal Barrier Resources Act; also CBRA
COBSEA Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (UNEP)
COC Contaminant of Concern
COC Colloidal Organic Carbon
COCATRAM Comision Centroamericana de Transporte Maritimo
COCCYTAC Comite Cunsultor Cientifico y Tecnico de los Arrecifes Coralinos
COD Chemical Oxygen Demand
CODAR Coastal Ocean Dynamics Radar (NOAA)
CODATA working group on biological COllection DATa Access
CODEHOP Consensus-Degenerate-Hybrid-Oligonucleotide-Primer
CODWG Coastal Ocean Data Working Group
COE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (properly USACE)
CoE Center of Expertise
COE Communications, Outreach and Education
CoECRS Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ARC)
COFI Committee on Fisheries (UN FAO)
Cofish Coastal Community Development and Fisheries Resource Management Project
COHIS Coastal Hazards Information System
COHPS Canadian Ocean Habitat Protection Society
COI Cytochrome Oxidase I
COI Indian Ocean Commission (Commission de l'Océan Indien)
COI Cytochrome Oxidase subunit I (COI) gene
COLAP Community Advisory Council for Protected Areas and Wildlife
COLMIZC Colombian Integrated Coastal Management Methodology
COM College of Micronesia
COM Climate Observations and Monitoring (NOAA)
COM-FSM College of Micronesia-Federated States of micronesia
COMAR Code of Maryland Regulations
CoMarg-E Census of Marine Life on Continental Margins
COMARGE Continental MarginsEcosystems
COMARGIS COMARGE Information System
COMBO Coral Mortality and Bleaching Output model
COMESA Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
COMIFAC Commission of Central African Forests
CoML Census of Marine Life
COMPACT Community Management of Protected Areas for Conservation
COMPAS COMPAS Co-Managed MPA System (Korea)
COMPASS Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea
COMPS Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (USF)
CONABIO National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Mexico)
CONAMA Comision Nacional del Medio Ambiente (Chile)
CONANP Comision Nacional de areas Naturales Protegidas (National Commission of National Protected Areas - Mexico)
CONAPESCA National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Mexico)
CONAPESCA Comision Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca
CONICET Consejo de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (Argentina)
CONSDEV Coherence of Public Policy of Conservation and Development of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in West Africa
CONSWA Conservation Council of Western Australia
COOA Coastal Ocean Observation and Analysis (NOAA)
COOL Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory (Rutgers U.)
COOL/LEO-15 Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory/Long-term Ecosystem
CoOP Coastal Ocean Processes
COOP Coastal Ocean Observation Panel (UNESCO)
COOPS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
COOS Costal Ocean Observing System
COP Coastal Ocean Program (NOAA); now known as CSCOR
COP Conference of the Parties (to the CBD)
COP Conference of the Contracting Parties
COP15 15th Conference of the Parties
COPB CLASS Operations and Planning Board (NOAA)
COPEPOD Coastal and Ocean Plankton Ecology, Production, and Observation Database (NMFS/NOAA)
COPUS Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science
COR Council of Regions
COR Contracting Officer Representative (NOAA)
CORAL Coral Reef Alliance
CoRal Malaysia Malaysian Coral Reef Society
CORALI Coral Reefs and Livelihoods Initiative
CORALINA Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina (Colombia)
CORAMM Coral Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Modelling
CORDEX Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment
CORDIO Coral Reef Degradation in the Indian Ocean
CORDIO Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean
CORE Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education
CORE Caribbean Oceanographic and Restoration Education Foundation
COREMAP Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project
COREMAP II Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program Phase II
CoReMo Coral Reef Monitoring Data Management System
CoRf Coral Reef
CORIN Coastal Resources Institute (Thailand)
CoRIS Coral Reef Information System (NOAA)
CORL Consolidated Observing Requirements List
CORONA Coordinating Research on the North Atlantic
CORP Coral Program (NOAA)
CORS Continuously Operating Reference Stations (NOAA)
CORSET Coral Reef Scenario Evaluation Tool
CoRTAD Coral Reef Temperature Anomaly Database
CoRViL Coral Reef Virtual Laboratory
COS Center for Ocean Solutions
COSALC Coast and beach stability in the Lesser Antilles; Coastal Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.
COSDT Coastal Ocean Satellite Data Team (NODC)
COSEE Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (NSF)
COSEE Center for Ocean Science Environmental Education - Florida Chapter
COSEE-NOW COSEE-Networked Ocean World
COSEE-OLC COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities
COSMIC Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate satellites
COSTA Climate Observing System for the Tropical Atlantic (NOAA)
COTF Southeast Florida Coastal Ocean Task Force
COTR Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative
COTS Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
COTS Commercial Off The Shelf
COTS Coastal Observation Technology System (NOAA)
COUAP California Ocean Uses Atlas Project
COVE-AP Advisory Panel on Climate, Oceanographic Variability and Ecosystems (PICES)
COX Cycloxygenase
CP Chromoprotein
CP Contracting Parties
CPA Aggregated Patch Reef
CPACC Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to (Global) Climate Change
CPAGCC Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Global Climate Change
CPAN Circumpolar Protected Area Network
CPAW Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
CPC Climate Prediction Center (NOAA)
CPCe Coral Point Count with Excel extensions
CPD Coastal Programs Division (NOAA)
CPEM Cell Population Enriched Method
CPF Captain Planet Foundation
CPH Halo Patch Reef
CPI Individual Patch Reef
CPI Contracting Parties
CPI Chromoprotein
CPI Chromoprotein
CPIA Country Policy and Institutional Assessment
CPIH Individual Patch Reef and Halo
CPKW CoRIS Place Key Words
CPM Coarse Particulate Matter
CPO Climate Program Office (NOAA)
CPOM Coarse Particulate Organic Matter
CPP Coral Parks Program
CPP Cyclone Preparedness Program
CPPS Comision Permanente del Pacifico Sur (Permanent Commission on the Exploitation and Conservation of the Marine Resources of the South Pacific)
CPR Continuous Plankton Recorder
CPR Common Property Resource
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPS Coastal Pelagic Species
CPSMT Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team
CPUE Catch Per Unit Effort
CPY Cycles per Year
CR Carlos Rosario Beach (Culebra Island, Puerto Rico)
CR Critically Endangered
CR Cultural Resources
CRABBS Caribbean Reef Association of Bubble Blowers of St. Croix
CRAG Coral Reef Advisory Group
CRAMP Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program
CRAP Carbon-Rich Aggregated Pellets
CRb Coral Rubble
CRB Coral Rubble
CRC Coastal Resources Center (URI)
CRC Cooperative Research Centre (Australia)
CRC Coastal Resources Center (Ghana)
CRC REEF Cooperative Research Center for the Great Barrier Reef
CRCA Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000
CRCF Coral Reef Conservation Fund
CRCP Coral Reef Conservation Program (NOAA)
CRDIMS Coral Reef Data and Information Management System (now CoRIS)
CRE Coral Reef Ecosystem
CRE Caloosahatchee River Estuary
CRE-FMP Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan
CRECAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Amendments Act
CRED Coral Reef Ecosystems Division (NOAA)
CRED Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters
CReefs Census of Coral Reef Ecosystems
CREI Coral Reef Ecosystem Investigation
CREIOS Coral Reef Ecosystems Integrated Observing System (NOAA)
CREM Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring
CREM Coral Reef Ecology and Management Lab (NCORE/RASMAS)
CREMP Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project
CREMUS Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Unit Species
CREO Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms
CREON Coral Reef Environmental Observatory Network
CREP Caribbean Regional Environmental Program
CREP Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
CREPT Coral Reef Ecosystem Plan Team
CRER NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve (NOAA)
CRES Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies
CRESIS Coral Reef Semantic Informatics System
CREST Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center (NOAA)
CREST Coral Reef Support Team (MSMS)
CREW Coral Reef Educator on the Water
CREWS Coral Reef Early Warning System (NOAA)
CRF Coral Restoration Foundation
CRF Coral Reef Foundation
CRFM Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism
CRHC Coral Coast Reef Habitat Classification
CRI Christensen Research Institute
CRI Coral Reef Initiative
CRI Conservation Research Initiative (Belize)
CRIMP Coral Reef Instrumented Monitoring Platform
CRIOBE Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoir de l’Environnement
CrIS Cross-track Infrared Sounder
CRISP Coral Reef Initiative for the South Pacific
CRISPR Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
CRiSTAL Community-based Risk Screening Tool-Adaptation and Livelihoods
CRITC Coral Reef Information and Training Centers (Indonesia)
CRLC Coastal Resource Leadership Challenge workshop
CRM Coastal Resources Management
CRM Cultural Resources Management
CRM Climate Research and Monitoring (NOAA)
CRMF Coral Reef Management Fellowship (NOAA)
CRMO Coastal Resources Mangement Office (CNMI)
CRMO Coral Reef Management Officer
CRMP Comprehensive River Management Plan
CRMP Coastal Resources Management Project
CRMP Coral Reef Monitoring Program
CRMP Coastal Resource Management Project (Philippines)
CRMs Certified Reference Materials
CRN (Commonwealth) Collaborative Research Networks (Australia)
CROGEE Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem
CRON Coral Reef Outreach Network
CROP Caribbean Regional Ocean Partnership
CRP Center for Responsive Politics
CRP Cetacean Research Program
CRP Community-Based Restoration Program (NOAA)
CRP Conservation Reserve Program
CRP Coordinated Research Project
CRP Coral Reef Report
CRP Collaborative Research Project
CRPA Coral Reef Protection Act
CRRC Coastal Response Research Center (NOAA/UNH)
CRRF Coral Reef Research Foundation
CRRI Coral Reef Research Institute (USYD)
CRS Community Rating System
CRSA Coral Reef Survey Assessment
CRSD Coral Reef Sustainable Destination
CRSP Caribbean Regional Seas Program
CRSSIS Centre for Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Science (UQ)
CRT Cyclic Reversible Termination
CRTF Regional Coral Reef Task Force
CRTR Coral reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management Project
CRU Coral Reef Unit (UNEP)
CRUST-SOC The Crustacean Society
CRUTEM4 Climatic Research Unit/Hadley Centre Gridded Landsurface Air Temperature Version 4
CRW Coral Reef Watch (NOAA)
CRWG Coral Reef Working Group
CS Consumer Surplus
CS Office of Chief Scientist (NOAA)
CS Corner Seamounts
CS Carbonate Sand
CSA Curaçao Sea Aquarium (NA)
CSAWS Coastal Species Alien Warning System
CSC Coastal Seas Consortium, Inc
CSC Coastal Services Center (NOAA)
CSCOR Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (NCCOS/NOAA); formerly COP
CSD Convention for Sustainable Development; Commission on Sustainable Development
CSD Climate Services Development (NOAA)
CSDGM Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC)
CSF Coral Sea Fishery (Australia)
CSHP Coral Sea Heritage Park
CSI Cetacean Society International
CSI Coral Seas, Inc.
CSI Coastal Storms Initiative (NOAA)
CSI Coral Sea Islands
CSI ICRI Coral Crime Scene Investigation
CSI Coastal Systems International, Inc.
CSI Conservation Science Institute
CSI Coastal Regions and Small Islands
CSI Crime Scene Investigation
CSIA-AA Compound Specific Nitrogen Stable Isotope Analysis of Amino Acids
CSIC Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia)
CSM Scientific Centre of Monaco
CSMS Challenger Society for Marine Science
CSN Conservation Science Network (SEI)
CSO Community Support Organization
CSO Coastal States Organization
CSO Combined Sewer Outfall
CSO Citizen Support Organization
CSP Conservation Society of Pohnpei
CSP Coastal Storms Program
CSP Climate Services Partnership
CSP Concentrating Solar Power
CSPO Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (ASU)
CSRP Commission Sous-Regionale des Peches (West Africa)
CSS Consolidated Safety Services, Inc.
CSTPR Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CU)
CSUMB California State University - Monterey Bay
CSUN California State University, Northridge
CSUSM California State University - San Marcos
CSV Comma-Separated Value
CT Total Inorganic Carbon (also "TIC")
CT Cayman Trough
CT Coral Triangle
CT6 The six countries of the CTI-CFF: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste
CTAB Hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide
CTAF Consortium of European TAxonomic Facilities
CTAHR College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
CTB CuracaoTourism Board
CTC Coral Triangle Center
CTD Cyanide Detection Testing
CTD Comparative Toxicogenomics Database
CTD Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (Profiler)
CTDO Conductivity-Temperature-Depth-Oxygen Profiler
CTE Committee on Trade and Environment
Cth Thermal Capacity
CTI Coral Triangle Initiative
CTI-CFF Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security
CTJ Chile Triple Junction
CTM Chemical Transport Model
CTMPAS Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System
CTO Caribbean Tourism Organization
CTP Coastal Training Program
CTP Carbon from Thawed Permafrost
CTSA Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
CTSP Coral Triangle Support Partnership
CTX Ciguatoxin
CU Coordination Unit
CU Carleton University (Canada)
CU University of Colorado (Boulder)
CU Chulalongkom University (Thailand)
CU Clemson University
CUE Coastal Upwelling Experiment (IDOE)
CUE Critical-Use Exemption
CUEA Coastal Upwelling Ecosystems Analysis (IDOE)
CUES Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions
CUFES Continuous Underway Fish Egg Sampler
CUGI Clemson University Genomics Institute
CUR Curaçao
CURO Council of Underwater Resort Operators (Bonaire)
CUWG Coastal Uses Working Group (CRTF)
CV Coefficient of Variation
CVF Climate Vulnerable Forum
CVM Contingent Valuation Method
CW Continuous Wave
CW Coast Watch (NOAA)
CWA Clean Water Act (1977 - FWPCA of 1972)
CWA Critical Wildlife Area
CWC Cold-Water Coral Community
CWC Caribbean Waterbird Census
CWCGD Cold-Water Coral Geographic Database
CWDA DOH's Critical Wastewater Disposal Areas
CWM College of William and Mary
CWMTF Clean Water Management Trust Fund
CWN Clean Water Network
CWNS Clean Watersheds Needs Survey
CWP Center for Watershed Protection
CWP Central-Western Pacific
CWPPRA Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
CWQG Coastal Water Quality Guidelines
CWRM Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management
CWRP Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership
CWSRF Clean Water State Revolving Fund
CWTG Coastal Water Temperature Guide (NOAA)
CXC Caribbean Examinations Council
CY Calendar Year
CYP Cytochrome P450
Cyt B Cytochrome B
CZ Coastal Zone
CZARA: Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments
CZCS Coastal Zone Color Scanner
CZM Coastal Zone Management (NOAA)
CZMA Coastal Zone Management Act (1972)
CZMAI Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute (Belize)
CZMI Coastal Zone Management Institute (Belize)
CZMP Coastal Zone Management Plan; Coastal Zone Management Program (Project)
CZMU Coastal Zone Management Unit (Barbados)
CZO Critical Zone Observatory