How can satellites help to study and protect coral reefs ?

Corals are of great importance for animals and human beings living nearby. Study and monitoring of coral reefs would be very difficult without the help of satellites images to :

  • Map the sea-floor and localize coral reefs
  • Determine the different kinds and forms of reefs
  • Retrieve information about reefs communities (corals, fishes, ...) and surrounding areas (seagrasses, sand, rocks, ...)
  • Monitor the changes around coral reefs and produce risk maps

Discover more in the SEOS tutorial on coral reefs!

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Tarawa reef
Submarine view of Tarawa reefs, Kiribati, Pacific Ocean (April 1994). Photo: Linda Wade/NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection.

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