Near real-time Global Bleaching Monitoring launches on Allen Coral Atlas

A unique system allows anyone to check if reefs known to be under heat stress have started to bleach - a major stride for coral reef monitoring.
Near real-time Global Bleaching Monitoring launches on Allen Coral Atlas

Coral Reef Bleaching Monitoring is now global on the Allen Coral Atlas!

The Allen Coral Atlas has launched a unique satellite-imagery-based global monitoring system. The new Allen Coral Atlas Monitoring System will allow researchers, conservationists, and policy-makers to observe where corals are bleaching throughout the world, ranging from no bleaching to severe, based on biweekly and globally comparable coral bleaching data, for the first time. This innovative new tool represents a major step in our ability to support conservation efforts, promote research, and educate a new generation of scientists. Check out the new system here and read about the methods behind it on our Science and Methods section.

"This monitoring capability will help us to see, for the first time, where and to what extent coral reef bleaching is likely to be occurring as well as where it isn’t bleaching so we can identify resilient reefs. The system is the outcome of years of effort involving our ecologists, remote sensing scientists, software engineers and many others," - Paulina Gerstner, Allen Coral Atlas Program Director.

 Check out these recent publications about the bleaching monitoring system in the Guardian and Mongabay, and our interview with Our Shared Seas.

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing this amazing resource Zoë and congrats on the progress you all made! Hope you're well - best wishes from Canterbury