NASA & partners create new worldwide coral reef library

A NASA-funded project has created an archive of approximately 1,500 images of worldwide coral reefs. The archive is a tool international researchers will use, as they track reef health.

The collection of coral reef images is the basis for a new Internet-based library for the Millennium Coral Reef Project. It was created in a partnership between NASA and the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Fla. Additional contributors, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, international agencies and other universities, shared data, so natural resource managers could have a comprehensive world data resource on coral reefs and adjacent land areas.

NASA contributed funding and satellite data to the project to develop global reef maps as a base for future research. The project will also serve as a library for coral reef remote sensing data. A distribution network has been developed to make the data available to organizations around the world. Current knowledge of the total area and locations of coral reefs is not adequate to see changes that occur in them.

"The archive is our first completed product and will immediately provide data to improve local assessments of reef resources around the world," said Julie A. Robinson, project manager for the Earth Observations Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. "This data archive provides access to a reliable global satellite dataset for mapping coral reefs."

From 1999 to 2003, the Landsat 7 satellite took 1,490 images of coral reefs to complete the required global coverage. The Landsat 7 Science Team specifically scheduled observations of many reef areas for the first time. The U.S. Geological Survey manages Landsat.

The Institute for Marine Remote Sensing at USF, St. Petersburg, Fla., assembled the images and data. "There has been amazing cooperation at all levels to assemble this data," said Frank Muller-Karger of USF.


Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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