Scientists have a new tool. It is the Allen Coral Atlas. It is an online map of the world’s coral reefs. Conservationists will use the atlas. It will help them protect coral reefs.
Reefs are home to ocean animals. These include fish and crabs. Reefs also protect coastlines. Tourists visit reefs for their beauty. This brings economic benefits to millions of people.
A Global Effort
The atlas was made using more than 2 million images. The images were taken by satellites . The atlas gives users detailed views of coral reefs. It shows sand, rocks, and seagrass. It also shows coral bleaching. Bleaching happens when coral reefs are unhealthy.
The atlas is the work of many people. Scientists at Arizona State University led the project. They worked with other groups.
“It really was a global effort,” Helen Fox says. She’s with the Coral Reef Alliance. “There were huge efforts [to help] people be aware of the tool and the potential scientific and conservation value.”