|Reef Base. Data, information, publications, literatures, photos, and maps related to coral reefs. Lots of info here. ***|
|National Biological Information Infrastructure was created to allow vast quantities of biological information housed in various databases from many agencies and departments to be linked together for quick and easy access to information. The coral reef portal integrates data sets, maps, publications, fact sheets, images, and other information from organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). ***|
|NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program provides information on NOAA's programs and resources that support coral reef conservation, and offers news, funding opportunities, education and outreach, and publications and data.|
|EPA's Habitat Protection. Coral Reef Protection Info.|
|World Atlas of Coral Reefs provides new global estimates for coral reefs world-wide and, for the first time, presents reef area estimates for individual countries supported by detailed maps and statistics for all the world’s coral reef nations. United Nations Environment Program's World Conservation Monitoring Centre.|
|Global Coral Disease Database- a collaboration between UNEP-WCMC and NOAA NMFS. The project aims to collate information on the global distribution of coral diseases to contribute to the understanding of coral disease prevalence.|
|UNEP-WCMC. Cold Water Coral Reef Maps. Many layers to explore.|
|ScienceDaily- top science news stories from the world's leading universities and research organizations. Coral news.|
|Coral Reef Organizations:|
|United Nations Environmental Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center- One Ocean Programme. A joining together of current in-house marine capacity with the hosted programmes ICRAN and UNEP CRU, forms the One Ocean Programme.|
|International Coral Reef Action Network - ICRAN a network of many of the world's leading coral reef science and conservation organisations. The network consolidates technical and scientific expertise in reef monitoring and management to create strategically linked actions across local, national and global scales.|
|Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to Preserve and Protect Living Coral Reef Ecosystems through local, regional and global efforts. Offices in the Bahamas and Florida.|
|Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) an international organization working exclusively to protect our planet’s coral reefs. Focuses on three catalysts for change: marine protected areas (MPAs), marine recreation tourism and local communities.|
|Global Coral Reef Alliance is a small, non-profit organization dedicated to growing, protecting and managing coral reefs. Primary focus is on coral reef restoration, marine diseases and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress and pollution.|
|Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008. Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and Reef and Rainforest Research Center, Townsville, Australia. 296pp. Reef Base.|
|"Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources" Strategies to help reduce the potential impacts of climate change on estuaries, forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and other sensitive ecosystems.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
|"Coral bleaching, satellite observations, and coral reef protection." Report: Encyclopedia of Earth, first pub for Environmental Information Coalition.|
|Environmental Health Perspectives. Report "Sunscreens Cause Coral Bleaching by Promoting Viral Infections". Conclusion: "Sunscreens cause the rapid and complete bleaching of hard corals, even at extremely low concentrations. The effect of sunscreens is due to organic ultraviolet filters, which are able to induce the lytic viral cycle in symbiotic zooxanthellae with latent infections."|
|"Coral Is Dying. Can It Be Reborn?" NY Times, May 1, 2007.|
|Ted Video. Coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse. 18 minutes- 2010.|
|Tropical waters have warmed by about 0.6 degrees F (0.33 degree C) since 1981,
a causative factor in the increase of hurricane activity.
James Elsner of Florida State University
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