This List of Acronyms and other Abbreviations was compiled from the coral, coral reef, marine tropical ecosystems, and related peer-reviewed literature, grey literature, and other written and electronic reports, including e-mail messages. The terms on the list number nearly 3,600 (as of February 2010) and continue to grow on a daily to weekly basis. CoRIS invites readers to suggest additional acronyms and abbreviations via or

Click here to access the entire Acronyms/Abbreviations List as a PDF document.

Click here to search the Acronyms and Abbreviations by keyword.

Acronyms A - Z Pages

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

W&W Weather and Water
WA Western Australia
WAAS Wide Area Augmentation System
WAF Water Accommodated Fraction
WAFWA Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
WAG Widely Attended Gathering
WAIS West Antarctic Ice Sheet
WAMER West African Ecoregion
WAMSI Western Australia Marine Science Institution
WAN Women's Aquatic Network
WAP Western Antarctic Peninsula
WAPA War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam)
WaSh Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality Model
WASWind Wave- and Anemometer-based Sea Surface Wind
WaterMIP Water Model Intercomparison Project
WAVCIS Wave-Current Information System
WB World Bank
WB/GEF-CRTR World Bank / Global Environment Facility Coral Reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management Program
WBCDWG World Bank Coral Disease Working Group
WBD White-Band Disease
WBD1 White Band Disease Type 1
WBD11 White Band Disease Type11
WBID Waterbody Identification (Number)
WCA Water Conservation Area
WCA Watershed Condition Assessment
WCATWC West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
WCC Windward Community College (HI)
WCC-3 World Climate Conference - 3
WCCBMPA Woburn/Clarke's Court Bay Marine Protected Area
WCD Water Control District
WCED World Commission on Environment and Development
WCGOP West Coast Groundfish Observer Program
WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Center
WCMD Wildlife Conservation and Management Department
WCMNP West Caicos Marine National Park
WCNPO Western and Central North Pacific Ocean
WCOS West Coast Observing System (NOAA)
WCP World Climate Program
WCPA World Commission on Protected Areas
WCPA/IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas/International Union for Conservation of Nature
WCPFC Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
WCPO Western and Central Pacific Ocean
WCR Wider Caribbean Region
WCRP World Climate Research Program
WCS Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS World Conservation Strategy
WCSAM World Conference on Stock Assessment Methods for Sustainable Fisheries
WCSN Watershed Conservation School Network
WDC World Data Center
WDC-A Oceanography World Data Center-A for Oceanography (Washington, D.C.)
WDCS Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
WDFW Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
WDPA World Database of Protected Areas
WDR Western Dry Rocks
WEC World Ecotourism Conference
WECAFC Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission
WERA Wellen Radar
WERI Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific at the University of Guam
WESPAC Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
WESTPAC Western Pacific Fishery Regional Management Council
WET Water Education for Teachers
WFC World Fish Center
WFGB West Flower Garden Banks
WFN Whitley Fund for Nature
WFO Weather Forecasting Office
WFOV Wide Field of View
WFS West Florida Continental Shelf
WFS-HYCOM West Florida Shelf Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model Domains (RSMAS)
WG Working Group
WGDEC ICES-NAFO Joint Working Group on Deep Water Ecology
WGECO Working Group on Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities
WGL Leibniz Association (Germany)
WGS Whole Genome Shotgun sequences
WGS Whole Genome Sequencing
WH White House
WHAP West Hawaii Aquarium Project
WHC World Heritage Convention
WHFC West Hawaii Fisheries Council
WHIP Whale Habitat Informatics Project
WHMSI Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative
WHO World Health Organization
WHOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
WHOTS WHOI Hawaii Ocean Time-series Station
WHPO WOCE Hydrographic Program Office
WHRFMA West Hawaii Regional Fisheries Management Area
WHS World Health Survey
WHS World Heritage Site
WHYCOS World Hydrological Cycle Observing System
WIDECAST Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Recovery Team and Conservation Network
WIDECAST Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network
WIGOS World Integrated Global Observing System
WIO Western Indian Ocean
WIO-COMPAS Western Indian Ocean Certification of Marine Protected Area Professionals
WIOMER Western Indian Ocean Marine Eco-region
WIOMSA Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization
WMA Wildlife Management Area
WMD Water Management District
WMDW Western Mediterranean Deep Water
WMNP Watamu Marine National Park (Kenya)
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WMR West Mariana Ridge
WOA World Ocean Atlas (NOAA)
WOA09 World Ocean Atlas 2009
WOC World Ocean Council
WOC World Ocean Conference
WOC Washington, Oregon and California
WOCE World Ocean Circulation Experiment
WOD World Ocean Database (NOAA)
WOI Western Oslofjord Inlet
WON World Ocean Network
WOOD World-wide Ocean Optics Database
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species
WP White Plague
WP11 White Plague 11
WP111 White Plague Type 111
WPA Wildlife Protection Act
WPacFIN Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (NOAA/PIFSC)
WPC Watershed Planning Committee (Guam)
WPCF Water Pollution Control Federation
WPCRI Western Pacific Coral Reef Institute at the University of Guam
WPD White Pox Disease
WPD World Porifera Database
WPFMC Western Pacific Fishery Management Council
WPGM Western Pacific Geophysics MeetingĀ (AGU)
WPO Western Pacific Ocean
WPRFMC Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
WPSMP Western Pacific Seagrass Monitoring Program
WPTI Wildlife Preservation Trust International
WPTRC Western Pacific Tropical Research Center (UOG)
WPx White Pox Disease
WQ Water Quality
WQPP Water Quality Protection Program
WR Wildlife Research (FWC Florida)
WRAC Water Resources Advisory Commission
WRAPS Waste Reduction Afloat Protects the Sea (DoD)
WRAS Web Reef Advisory System
WRDA Water Resources Development Act
WRDA Water Resources Development Act
WRF Weather Research and Forecast (NOAA)
WRI World Resources Institute
WRP Wetlands Reserve Program
WRRI Water Resources Research Institute (USGS)
WS Wildlife Sanctuary
WS Withering Syndrome
WS White Syndrome Disease
WSA World Seagrass Association
WSC Working Science Consultancies
WSE Water Supply/Environmental Regulation Schedule
WSER Western Sambo Ecological Reserve
WSF Water-Soluble Fraction
WSIS World Summit on the Information Society
WSNP Washington Slagbaai National Park (Bonaire)
WSR-88D Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler
WSS Water and Sanitation Services
WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development
WTE Waste To Energy
WTM Watershed Treatment Model
WTO World Trade Organization
WTP Willingness to Pay
WTR Wave and Tide Recorder
WTSS Whole Transcriptome Shotgun Sequencing
WTSS Whole Transcriptome Shotgun Sequencing
WTTC World Travel and Tourism Council
WTW Watamu Turtle Watch (Kenya)
WUCA Water Utilities Climate Alliance
WUE Water Use Efficiency
WUTMI Women United Together in the Marshall Islands
WV-2 WorldView-2
WW Windward
WW2BW White Water to Blue Water Initiative
WWA Western Water Assessment (CIRES/NOAA)
WWB Westerly Wind Burst
WWF Worldwide Fund for Nature
WWF World Wildlife Fund
WWF-SI World Wildlife Fund - Solomon Islands
WWMD World Water Monitoring Day
WWMP Waiulaula Watershed Management Plan
wwPDB Worldwide Protein Data Bank
WWTP Wastewater Treatment Plant
WWW World Wide Web
WWW World Weather Watch