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Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping

Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping.

Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping.

Editors Note: Today’s guest author is Katie Reytar. A Research Associate for the World Resources Institute. WRI was the recipient of a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant. Funded through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at the Tides Foundation. We’re excited to help them share. And visualize the results of years of research about the state of the world’s reefs. Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping.

Watch a virtual tour of the most at risk reefs in the world courtesy of the World Resources Institute.

Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping.

  • In the tour. The Reefs at Risk Revisited maps come alive on Google Earth. With photos. And underwater video from each of the major coral reef regions of the world: the CaribbeanMiddle EastIndian OceanSoutheast AsiaAustralia. and Pacific. as well as a global level introduction. And conclusion. The journey to each region provides a brief overview of the biodiversity of reef ecosystems. their importance to people. And local economies. And the types and magnitudes of threats that reefs face. Illustrated with footage of both healthy and damaged reefs.
  • You’ll also experience first hand these fantastically dynamic. And productive ecosystems that extend across about 250,000 sq km. (96,500 sq miles)
  • Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping

of the tropical ocean. Even though this area represents less than 0.1% of the global ocean. Reefs are home to as many as 25% of all known marine species. In the tropics. Coral reefs are not only a critical habitat for marine species. But they also play an essential role in the lives of millions of people who live near them: they provide food. And income from fisheries. Revenue from tourism. And protection for coastal communities from storm surges.

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Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping.

Among the other products of the Reefs at Risk Revisited project are global maps of coral reefs rated according to level of threat in the present. 2030. And 2050.

These maps are available as downloadable KML files on the WRI website for viewing on Google Earth. And also as part of an online map developed using Google Fusion Tables. With these interactive maps you can zoom in to your favorite reef to explore it more closely in your own self guided tour. Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping.

Explore Reefs at Risk Revisited in Google Earth.

Explore Reefs at Risk Revisited in Google Earth.
We hope that you enjoy our tour. And maps. And that you are able to visit a coral reef to learn more about these important and unique ecosystems. With improved understanding. We can manage and protect these resources so that we can all enjoy them. And benefit from them for generations to come.

Posted by Katie Reytar. Research Associate at the World Resources Institute.

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Protecting the world s coral reefs through mapping

 Australia. and Pacific. as well as a global level introduction.

Illustrated with footage of both healthy and damaged reefs.

Coral reefs are not only a critical habitat for marine species.

But they also play an essential role in the lives of millions of people who live near them: they provide food.

And also as part of an online map developed using Google Fusion Tables.

We can manage and protect these resources so that we can all enjoy them.

And benefit from them for generations to come.

 Australia. and Pacific. as well as a global level introduction.

Illustrated with footage of both healthy and damaged reefs.

Coral reefs are not only a critical habitat for marine species.

But they also play an essential role in the lives of millions of people who live near them: they provide food.

And also as part of an online map developed using Google Fusion Tables.

We can manage and protect these resources so that we can all enjoy them.

 Australia. and Pacific. as well as a global level introduction.

Illustrated with footage of both healthy and damaged reefs.

Coral reefs are not only a critical habitat for marine species.

But they also play an essential role in the lives of millions of people who live near them: they provide food.

And also as part of an online map developed using Google Fusion Tables.

We can manage and protect these resources so that we can all enjoy them.

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