Reef Resilience and Climate Change
A Workshop for Coral Reef Managers

Mass coral bleaching events have increased over the last two decades. As a result, almost every reef region in the world has now suffered extensive stress or coral mortality. Unfortunately, coral reef managers are unable to directly mitigate or influence the main cause of mass bleaching: above average water temperatures. This makes mass bleaching and climate change a uniquely challenging environmental management problem.

The resources below are from a global series of workshops where coral reef managers are learning how to predict where coral bleaching will occur, measure coral reef resilience, and assess the socioeconomic impacts of climate damage. The aim is to help managers develop response strategies for coping with climate change. The workshops are hosted by NOAA, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and The Nature Conservancy. These partners joined with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) on A Reef Manager's Guide to Coral Bleaching, the book that inspired these workshops.

Below, the workbook files and presentations are available for download. Users may choose a zipfile of the entire curriculum, or individual lessons.