COREF - Continental Scientific Drilling Into Coral Reefs

Coral reefs near the northern limit

The COREF Project is designed to perform continental scientific drilling into Quaternary reef-complex deposits in different settings in the Ryukyu Islands to verify the following issues:


  • The nature and magnitude of the coral-reef front migration in order to clarify the climatic/oceanographic factors controlling the reef formation.
  • The coral reef ecosystem has highly varied responding to climatic changes on millennial to glacial-interglacial timescales.
  • The Quaternary carbonate accumulation rates in coral reefs.

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