Current Atlas Partners

Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, the National Geographic Society, Planet, the University of Queensland, and Vulcan Inc. are working to expand the Allen Coral Atlas. With the Atlas, coral conservationists, reef managers and scientists have access to high quality information that has never before been available at this global scale.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS) is dedicated to generating innovative scientific discoveries and outcomes that benefit environmental conservation, resource management, and policy efforts. The center’s expert team, in close collaboration with other ASU units as well as government and non-government organizations, leads in spatially-explicit scientific and technological research focused on mitigating and adapting to global environmental change.

As lead of the Allen Coral Atlas partnership, the GDCS team is responsible for strategy and future innovation, web engineering, and data management, as well as technical innovations such as calculating ocean depth and benthic reflectance, and building the first-of-its-kind coral reef monitoring and alert system capable of detecting changes such as hot-water bleaching and destruction caused by coastal development.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges, and catalyze action to protect our planet.

Brought on board by the late Ruth Gates, who helped found the Allen Coral Atlas, Helen Fox is leading the Society's field engagement and capacity development work to enhance the usage and impact of Atlas products. The Society's work will also help build understanding of the Atlas and its capability as a new standard of coral reef mapping and monitoring.

Planet

Planet is an integrated aerospace and data analytics company that operates history's largest commercial fleet of satellites, collecting a massive amount of information about our changing planet. Planet's data and machine learning-powered analytics are used by customers to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest challenges.

As a part of the Allen Coral Atlas project, Planet provides satellite data, technical support, and platform services to the partnership.

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. They strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

As a part of the Allen Coral Atlas project, Dr. Chris Roelfsema and Prof. Stuart Phinn lead their team in two main components: 1) acquiring new and existing verification data and 2) creating benthic and geomorphic maps of the world’s coral reefs. These maps are crucial to conservationists in identifying the reef composition and will be used for planning and managing marine protected areas.

Vulcan

Having helped change the way the world communicates when he co-founded Microsoft more than 40 years ago, Paul G. Allen worked to apply cutting-edge technology to change the trajectory of today’s toughest problems.

With governments and enforcement agencies needing better access to actionable data to stop illegal activity, Vulcan is applying its resources and expertise in technology, aerospace, biodiversity, and maritime security to fill key information gaps and support the development of sustainable solutions.

Funding Partners

Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill Philanthropies encompasses the charitable giving for founder Lyda Hill and includes her foundation and personal philanthropy. The organization is committed to funding transformational advances in science and nature, empowering nonprofit organizations and improving the North Texas and Colorado Springs communities. Because Miss Hill has a fervent belief that “science is the answer” to many of life’s most challenging issues, she has chosen to donate the entirety of her estate to philanthropy and scientific research.

Paul M Angell. Family Foundation

The mission of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is to advance society through the performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans, and alleviation of poverty. The primary focus of the Foundation’s grant making in Conservation is the protection of the world’s oceans and species. Allen Coral Atlas partners, the National Geographic Society and The Wildlife Conservation Society, received a grant from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation to fund global field engagement efforts.

Collaborating Partners

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation exists to ensure a Great Barrier Reef for future generations. We seek out the solutions and innovations that will also benefit coral reefs globally as they tackle the same threats and challenges facing the world's largest Reef.

The Foundation is responsible for coordinating and managing the work undertaken by the team at UQ, and to develop plans and concepts for the operationalisation and up-take of the Atlas.

The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. In the Caribbean, TNC is working to create healthy, resilient islands by protecting the ocean and coasts, safeguarding against the impacts of climate change and conserving and restoring coral reefs.

Drs. Joseph Pollock and Steve Schill and their team are developing a first-of-its-kind high-resolution habitat map of nearshore marine environments throughout the entire Caribbean basin, which will reside on the Atlas. Importantly, TNC and partners are also putting this map to use for on-the-ground conservation action to more effectively conserve and restore coral reefs across the Caribbean.

World Wildlife Fund

The Coral Reef Rescue Initiative presents a rescue strategy to conserve the world’s rapidly deteriorating tropical coral reefs. The initiative will focus on protecting those reefs that have the greatest potential to survive in a warming ocean and to act as source reefs from which corals can regenerate in the future. In particular, that means supporting the handful of developing countries where most climate-resilient reefs are found, and especially the human communities on the front-line.

The Initiative is led by WWF, in partnership with WCS, Rare, CARE, Blue Ventures, University of Queensland, the Government of Fiji, Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and Vulcan Inc.

Carol Phua is WWF’s Global Coral Reef Initiative Manager and Global MPA Lead, and works closely with partners to develop and lead implementation efforts. Working closely with the Allen Coral Atlas Team, the Initiative will use the Atlas in an ambitious landscape and seascape planning process with local governments and coastal communities.

Coral Reef Watch

To enhance coral reef resilience in a warming world, NOAA established the Coral Reef Watch (CRW) program in 2000. For more than 20 years, NOAA CRW has utilized remote sensing, modeled and in situ data to observe, predict, and report to its users on the coral reef environment worldwide. CRW provides the only global early-warning system of coral reef ecosystem physical environmental changes

Founding Partners

To help address the coral crisis, Vulcan worked with Planet, Carnegie Science, Dr. Ruth Gates of the University of Hawaii, and the University of Queensland to develop the idea for and build the world’s first 3.7m resolution global mosaic of coral reefs. These founding partners played an instrumental role in designing, planning, and launching the Allen Coral Atlas’s initial 5 mapped sites in fall 2018.

Carnegie Science

Carnegie Institution for Science is a non-profit organization founded on Andrew Carnegie’s philosophy of devoting resources to exceptional individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom.

Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is an independent research unit within the School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Formerly directed by renowned coral reef scientist and conservationist Ruth Gates, the Institute’s mission is to conduct multi-disciplinary research and education into all aspects of tropical marine biology. Following Dr. Gates’ untimely death, HIMB continues to be a world leader in research to understand and conserve tropical marine ecosystems, and develops and implements new technologies that advance the informed stewardship of Hawaiʻi's marine and coastal biodiversity. Ruth Gates helped to conceive the Allen Coral Atlas as a wide partnership in service of scientists, conservationists, and local communities worldwide striving to save coral reefs, and the Atlas team are proud for this to be part of her legacy.

Planet

Planet is an integrated aerospace and data analytics company that operates history's largest commercial fleet of satellites, collecting a massive amount of information about our changing planet. Planet's data and machine learning-powered analytics are used by customers to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest challenges.

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. They strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Vulcan

Having helped change the way the world communicates when he co-founded Microsoft more than 40 years ago, Paul G. Allen worked to apply cutting-edge technology to change the trajectory of today’s toughest problems.

With governments and enforcement agencies needing better access to actionable data to stop illegal activity, Vulcan is applying its resources and expertise in technology, aerospace, biodiversity, and maritime security to fill key information gaps and support the development of sustainable solutions.