Coral Reef Maps of the World

Mark Spalding marks at
Wed Apr 19 06:23:08 EDT 2000

Dear all

Thanks to CHAMP, Jim and others for putting Sue Well's maps from the coral reef directories on the web, these are an important resource, being clear, detailed, and well annotated.

At the same time it should be pointed out that there are other reef maps, many at higher resolution, fully referenced and with linked information also on the web. Sue's maps (and much of the source material for these, which remains at WCMC) were a important source for some of these newer maps, but in other cases the resolution has been improved and maps updated. I would encourage NOAA and any others who want, to provide clearer links to these pages.

ReefBase probably runs the best version on 
Click on the Maps window on the right hand side of the screen

Alternatively you can get the same maps at WCMC's web site, which also offers some related marine statistics (although we're hoping to do updates on some of this soon!) 

Through our Internet Map Server facilities on the web you can also view the WCMC reef data through an interactive web-based GIS, and link this to marine turtle distribution (Indian Ocean) and coral disease distribution (global).

I hope we will be able to update these web maps in the next year or so as our GIS data are being rapidly improved at the present time as a part of an ongoing project with UNEP to produce a World Atlas of Coral Reefs.



Mark Spalding, PhD
Marine Biologist                                      e-mail:mark.spalding at
World Conservation Monitoring Centre
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Cambridge Coastal Research Unit
Department of Geography
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