Outreach and Education

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 Coral Reef Watch coordinator, Dr. C. Mark Eakin, as one of the two chief scientific advisers on the film.

Audience: general public

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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Tutorial that introduces users to Coral Reef Watch's heritage twice-weekly global 50km-resolution satellite-based coral bleaching heat stress monitoring products (retired in April 2020). These products served the U.S. and international coral reef communities for more than 20 years and were used to pinpoint and monitor areas around the world where corals were at risk for heat stress-driven bleaching.

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

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.**

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

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

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.