Sharing Knowledge About Coral Reefs Using Interactive Maps

WFCRC in cooperation with GISCorps is developing a web platform for publishing and sharing information on the ocean’s corals and promoting knowledge management among stakeholders of the coral reef conservation community.

The platform is envisioned as providing education and enabling citizens and researchers to publish up-to-date data and information on the coastal and marine environment; this will support conservation, repopulation, and disaster relief. The platform will provide a dashboard summarizing marine events and threats and as information is updated provide a historical backlog that can be searched for comparative studies.

The system will contain dynamic and interactive Webmaps, based on the following pertinent coastal and marine themes, and subject to the availability of up-to-date data:

  • Coral reef locations
  • Real-time weather and ocean data
  • Wind and ocean currents
  • Island outlines
  • Oil producing areas of the world
  • Ocean floor topography
  • Natural and man-made marine disasters including red tide, seismic/tsunami, floods, hurricanes, oil spills, ship wrecks, sediment transport and land-based threats
  • Satellite imagery from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s)
  • Geo-referenced reports and documents related to coral reef research and habitat management