Outreach and Education

5km Products Tutorial

NOAA Coral Reef Watch 5km Products Tutorial
Instructive tutorial, produced by NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) that introduces users to coral reefs, coral bleaching, satellite remote sensing of the marine environment, and NOAA CRW's daily global and regional 5km-resolution satellite coral bleaching heat stress monitoring products. These 5km satellite products now form the core of CRW's decision support system for coral reef management. They are highly used by the U.S. and international coral reef communities to pinpoint and monitor areas around the world, where corals are at risk for heat stress-driven bleaching and other associated climate change impacts.

Audience: educators, students (predominantly middle-school and beyond)

Coral Bleaching

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Instructive tutorial, produced by NOAA's National Ocean Service that provides an overview of the biology of corals and coral reefs; threats to their health, especially from "bleaching"; and NOAA efforts to help conserve and protect coral reefs worldwide.

Audience: general public

A Review of the 2014-2017 Global Coral Bleaching Event

Story map about the 2014-2017 global bleaching event and NOAA Coral Reef Watch's work to predict, remotely monitor in near real-time, document, and communicate with stakeholders about this devastating event.

Audience: general public

Netflix original documentary, Chasing Coral

Winner of Outstanding Nature Documentary at the 39th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and the US Documentary Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, this film follows divers, scientists, and photographers around the world as they mount an epic underwater campaign to document the disappearance of coral reefs. Featuring NOAA Coral Reef Watch satellite and modeled products and the former Coral Reef Watch coordinator, C. Mark Eakin, as one of the two chief scientific advisers on the film.

Audience: general public

Monitoring Protocols

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Links to several globally recognized protocols for measuring the extent and severity of coral bleaching in the field.

Audience: coral reef ecosystem managers

Coral Comeback?

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Video series highlighting the importance of coral reef ecosystems, the threats they face, and what we can and are doing to help them make a comeback.

Audience: elementary- to high-school students, general public

Science on a Sphere Module

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Online video describing coral bleaching, what NOAA is doing to monitor and prevent bleaching, and what you can do to help.

Audience: elementary- to high-school students, general public

**Click here to access NOAA's Science on a Sphere Coral Bleaching Datasets.**

NOAA Data in the Classroom - Coral Bleaching

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NOAA website providing teaching resources to help students analyze NOAA satellite data and investigate a major consequence of rising sea surface temperature on coral reefs -- coral bleaching.

Audience: elementary- to high-school students

Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs Curriculum

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Lesson plans focused on satellite technology, coral biology, and coral reef conservation. Fun, hands-on science activities engage students in learning.

Audience: 4th-6th grade students

Data Activity

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Hands-on exercise (using the original, heritage twice-weekly global 50km coral bleaching heat stress products), based on the record-breaking 2005 coral bleaching event in the Caribbean region.

Audience: middle- and high-school students

English: Exercise (PDF, 400KB) Answers (PDF, 25KB)
Español: Ejercico (PDF, 400KB) Respuestas (PDF, 29KB)

Coral Reef Resilience Online Course

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An online course offered by The Nature Conservancy that is designed to provide marine managers and practitioners with the necessary background to support coral reef resilience in the face of climate change. This course is offered in in English, Spanish, and French.

Audience: coral reef ecosystem managers

A Reef Manager's Guide To Coral Bleaching

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Information on the causes and consequences of coral bleaching, and management strategies to help local and regional reef managers reduce this threat to coral reef ecosystems.

Audience: coral reef ecosystem managers and scientists

Reef Resilience and Climate Change Workshops

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Resources from an international series of workshops on helping coral reefs adapt to climate change.

Audience: coral reef ecosystem managers and scientists

"Mark Trail" Comic Strip

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2006 comic strip about climate change, coral bleaching, and the NOAA Coral Reef Watch satellite monitoring program.

This page hosts some of the education products that Coral Reef Watch designed or contributed to. If you'd like to learn more about other NOAA coral reef education and outreach activities, please visit the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program's education page.