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Experimental uses of higher resolution satellite imagery

September 5, 2019Daniel Chang

How would you use high-resolution satellite imagery? Our research uncovered how different people use images for coral conservation — and a surprising new arrival on a Marshall Islands reef.

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Meet the team: Vulcan

August 6, 2019Allen Coral Atlas team

The Vulcan team leads development of strategy and impact goals, project and data management, and user engagement. Get to know the team, who recently hosted all of the Allen Coral Atlas partners!

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Meet the team: Planet

July 30, 2019Allen Coral Atlas team

Planet provides high resolution satellite images of coral reefs for the Allen Coral Atlas. Learn more about their work.

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Meet the team: University of Queensland

July 22, 2019Allen Coral Atlas team

The University of Queensland team leverages field protocols with algorithms to produce maps for the Allen Coral Atlas. Get to know the team, who met with all the project partners last week!

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Meet the team: Arizona State University

July 15, 2019Allen Coral Atlas team

The ASU team develops technology to process the satellite images that power the Allen Coral Atlas. Get to know the team and their work as we kickoff our summit meeting this week!

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Meet the team: National Geographic

July 9, 2019Allen Coral Atlas team

The National Geographic Society leads field engagement for the Allen Coral Atlas. Get to know the team and their work! Find out what field engagement means, meet the members of the team, and learn about some of their current activities.

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Inspiring the Allen Coral Atlas team to map the world

July 2, 2019Emma Kennedy, University of Queensland

Sometimes mapping the world’s reefs can seem like an overwhelming task. But recently, the team has been motivated and inspired by the support of some exceptional young people around the world.

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Brainstorming on the beach

June 3, 2019Emma Kennedy, University of Queensland

Heron Island was the perfect location for the UQ mapping team to introduce their Atlas teammates to the Great Barrier Reef, brainstorm ideas, and — more importantly — collect some field data!

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New funds for coral reef field engagement

May 16, 2019Allen Coral Atlas team

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is the second funding partner for Allen Coral Atlas. With the new funding from PMAFF, critical verification will continue so that the Atlas can become a reliable monitoring tool for coral conservation.

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Central Great Barrier Reef is now available in the Atlas

May 15, 2019Allen Coral Atlas team

Today, the Central Great Barrier Reef region, from Cairns to Cooktown, was added to the Allen Coral Atlas. 237 reefs are now viewable online, making this the largest addition to the Atlas so far.

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Rapid repeat monitoring of reef threats

May 2, 2019Dr. Greg Asner, ASU Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science

While mapping coral reefs helps us to delineate where they are, what we currently lack is a method to monitor reef change at large geographic scales. My team at ASU is solving some of these problems.

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Atlas adds another layer

April 18, 2019Charlie Whiton

The Allen Coral Atlas continues to increase its capabilities to be an even more powerful tool for coral scientists and policy makers. Alongside development of additional detailed maps - with one scheduled to be completed by the end of May - the Allen Coral Atlas team is continuing to build partnerships and data sharing agreements that make the Atlas more robust.

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Value of a global mosaic of the world's corals

April 4, 2019Dr. Sarah Frias-Torres

What is the value of a global mosaic of the world’s corals? Why is it so special and fantastic? We have photographed every inch of the Moon's surface. We even have done so under multiple lighting situations, allowing for direct comparisons of the same landscape at different lunar phases. Such an effort allows us to land an object on the surface of the Moon within a few feet of target. We don't have the same for the world's coral reefs. 

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Challenges of mapping submerged coral reefs

March 21, 2019Dr. Chris Roelfsema

Coral reefs develop below the surface of the ocean, which makes the use of remote sensing technologies for mapping reef systems much more challenging compared to mapping habitats like forests.

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Diving into field surveys - Fiji field work, Part 2

March 7, 2019Dr. Helen Fox

As I ended the last post, I was preparing to travel to Fiji to meet and work with coral preservation partners. I had just received new cameras to test, and shipped off to Fiji.

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Building a lasting coalition to save coral reefs – Fiji field work, Part 1

February 21, 2019Dr. Helen Fox

As the Allen Coral Atlas develops regionally and then globally, our goal is to engage the wider coral reef science, monitoring, and management community and leverage existing efforts

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Welcome to the blog!

February 11, 2019Paulina Gerstner

Welcome to the Allen Coral Atlas blog, a space for learning about the Allen Coral Atlas team and its work to build the first global mosaic map of the world’s coral reefs – including this reef in Moorea.

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