Education and Outreach

Coral Bleaching

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For those wondering what "coral bleaching" is all about, here's a humorous Australian cartoon that explains bleaching.

Audience: general public

Online Tutorial

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Web pages that explain how we predict coral bleaching from satellite temperature data, including hands-on exercises based on our website.

Audience: coral reef ecosystem managers, high-school students

Early-Warning Video

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Short video to explain the importance of an early-warning system in coral reef management.

Audience: coral reef ecosystem managers

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

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.**

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

Ocean Acidification Tutorial

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Web pages that show the basic concepts of ocean acidification, its affects on coral reefs, and how it can be modeled from satellite data.

Audience: coral reef ecosystem managers, high-school students

Hands-On Oceanography Activity

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Peer-reviewed activity "Using Satellite Sea Surface Temperatures to Predict Coral Bleaching" from the journal Oceanography.

Audience: college and graduate-level students

Free download from the journal's website

Bilko Training Lesson

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Training module for Bilko, free UNESCO software for learning remote sensing, with step-by-step instructions for producing Coral Reef Watch products.

Audience: remote sensing 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

Background Presentation

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Presentation that can be used in the classroom, along with the data activity below. Topics include: coral bleaching, remote sensing, and thermal stress.

Audience: middle- and high-school students

Click here to download (PowerPoint, 5MB)

Data Activity

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Hands-on exercise 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)

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 Coral Reef Watch's education products. We will continue adding to these offerings as often as we can. For all of NOAA's coral reef education and outreach activities, please visit the Coral Reef Conservation Program's education page.