[Coral-List] FW: Coral information now online

Todd Barber reefball at reefball.com
Thu Jun 30 08:33:21 EDT 2011

Thanks Ray,

That is very helpful.  I'd like to make a suggestion that could benefit many
coral listers although I have no idea from your end how much extra
programming it might require.

I believe the website could be significantly strengthened if you added a
notes section for each coral that could be updated in a WIKI type fashion.
In other words editable by all (perhaps restricted to CORAL-list membership
if you worry about quality).

>From my perspective, I could imaging that placing holding all of our Coral
Propagation and planting notes about individual species which might include
many things some examples could include tolerated/recommended coral
antiseptic dips, fragmentation tool types, ranges of depths, currents,
temperatures tolerated, sensitivity to sunburn, RTN or other
diseases/predators, growth after fragmentation patterns, expected growth
rates, known variants, etc, etc.

>From others on the list, I could see the area being used for a wide variety
of additional information that could be captured.

I strongly believe that this kind of practical additional information,
collected on all coral worldwide would be very useful in our long term
management of coral reefs.  I also believe this information could be
broadened to include all reef building species such as soft corals, coraline
algae, etc.

Just a thought...maybe somebody already has this planned...but the key to a
system like that is broad use and Vernon's work on corals is universally
used so the web based extension of his work on that site might serve as a
flash point for broad use.


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On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 1:09 AM, Ray Berkelmans <R.Berkelmans at aims.gov.au>wrote:

> Dear Listers
> See message below re Coral ID and Coral Geographic.
> Ray
> From: Mark Rehbein
> Sent: Thursday, 30 June 2011 1:38 PM
> To: Ray Berkelmans
> Cc: David Crossman
> Subject: Coral information now online
> Hi Ray,
> We've been working with Charlie and Mary for some time on a website for
> hard
>  corals.  We have now released the first phase of the project.  You can
> find
>  it here:
> http://coral.aims.gov.au
> Corals of the World online is an interactive program which captures global
>  information about corals and makes it readily accessible to
> conservationists,
>  educators and research scientists alike. The program is divided into two
>  linked components, Coral ID and Coral Geographic.
> Coral ID is founded on the three-volume book, "Corals of the World" (Veron,
>  2000) and incorporates the species data in the electronic publication
> "Coral
>  ID" (Veron and Stafford-Smith, 2002). Species pages give summaries of key
>  characteristics as well as taxonomic detail of 794 species of hard coral.
>  Over 6500 colour and black and white photos expand on those published
>  previously.
> Coral Geographic has not been previously published although it has been
>  providing geographic data about corals since the early 1990s. At this
> time,
>  geographic information are provided as an interactive distribution map for
> each
>  species.
> The site also contains supporting information about corals and coral reefs.
> Information, photos and interactive distribution map for each species can
> be
>  found under the Coral ID section.  This is the direct link to the species
>  list.
> http://coral.aims.gov.au/speciesPages/
> Would you mind posting a message to
>  coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov<mailto:coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> to
> let them know of the site?
> If you have any feedback about the site, just let me know.
> Thanks
> Mark
> -----------------------------------------------------
> Mark Rehbein
> Manager, AIMS Research Data Systems
> Australian Institute of Marine Science
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> Mob:  0410477731
> mrehbein at aims.gov.au
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