[Coral-List] KSLOF Scientists Create Largest Collection of Coral Reef Maps Ever Made

Alexandra Dempsey Dempsey at LivingOceansFoundation.org
Fri May 3 19:59:59 UTC 2019

Dear Coral List:

I wanted to bring to your attention a new publication in Coral Reefs from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the University of Miami. The paper describes a new way to accurately map coral reefs using a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and field observations. This first-ever global coral reef atlas contains maps of over 65,000 square kilometers (25,097 square miles) of coral reefs and surrounding habitats. This is by far the largest collection of high-resolution coral reef maps ever made. The maps are the result of a 10-year Global Reef Expedition by scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. The expedition traveled to over 1,000 remote coral reefs in 15 countries, mapping and surveying the reefs down to a one-square meter scale to better understand their health and resiliency.

Open access paper can be found here:

Living Oceans Foundation GIS Data Portal (interactive habitat and bathymetry maps) found here:


Alexandra Dempsey
Coral Reef Ecologist
Director of Science Management
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
130 Severn Ave, Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21403

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