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.

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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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Zoe Lieb

Project Coordinator, National Geographic Society

Zoë Lieb is the project coordinator on the Field Engagement team for the Allen Coral Atlas. Coming from a conservation biology background, she was the in-country manager and primary investigator for the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project for two years, working towards culturally oriented solutions to human-wildlife conflict issues among nomadic herding communities. She has also worked as a marine observer collecting management data for Alaskan crab fisheries and other data collection positions. She received her MSc in Conservation Biology from University of Kent in the United Kingdom in 2019. Her expertise includes program development, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and community-supported conservation strategies.
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5 months ago

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