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Mapping the coral reefs

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  • 13 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mapping the coral reefs

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Researchers have completed a comprehensive online map of the world’s coral reefs by using more than 2 million satellite images from across the globe.

The Allen Coral Atlas, named after late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will act as a reference for reef conservation, marine planning and coral science as researchers try to save these fragile ecosystems that are being lost to climate change.

The group announced project completion on Wednesday saying iit is the first global, high-resolution map of its kind. It gives users the ability to see detailed information about local reefs, including different types of submarine structure like sand, rocks, sea grass and, of course, coral.

The maps, which include areas up to 15 meters deep, are being used to inform policy decisions about marine protected areas, spatial planning for infrastructure.