[Coral-List] educational resources

Russell Kelley russellkelley at mac.com
Fri Feb 2 23:21:05 EST 2007

Dear Listers,

Further to the recent request for reef education resources.  Anyone  
interested in communicating a "whole of system" approach to  
understanding coral reefs might consider three educational products  
from the Great Barrier Reef experience:

The Blue Highway  is a A3 poster highlighting the importance of  
ecosystem connectivity and the role non-reefal habitats can play in  
overall reef function.  This product visualizes the life cycle of the  
Red Emperor from its spawning behavior on offshore reefs, through the  
larval journey in the plankton to inshore nursery environments and  
offshore again via a series of inter-reefal habitats that are  
described in more detail on the reverse of the poster.

The Catchment to Reef poster and booklet further expands the whole-of- 
system understanding of the GBR by highlighting connections,  
ecological and physical, between land, sea and reef.  In outlines the  
key freshwater connections / processes and describes the impacts of  
human activities on the freshwater environments of GBR catchments and  
the consequences for the marine environment.  A list of resources is  

Finally, and just off the press, Nutrients, Catchments and Reefs  is  
an account of nutrient processes and pathways in the Great Barrier  
Reef catchment. It highlights the ways in which land use can impact  
on natural nutrient cycles and water quality in freshwater and  
inshore marine environments.

Printed copies of the Blue Highway can be requested from the Great  
Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority:  http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/

Printed copies of the other publications can be requested from the  
Catchment to Reef website:

Anyone interested in a fairly plain language account of ecological  
connectivity within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park that also  
sites the key scientific literature might be interested in:

CAPPO, M. & KELLEY, R. 2001 Connectivity in the Great Barrier Reef  
World Heritage Area-an overview of pathways and processes. In  
Wolanski, E. Oceanographic processes of coral reefs: physical and  
biological links in the Great Barrier Reef: 161-187. CRC Press, New  



Russell Kelley
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