Global Distribution of Coral Reefs

Date created: 01 July 2020
This date indicates the date the dataset metadata was created on Pacific Data Hub.

This dataset shows the global distribution of coral reefs in tropical and subtropical regions. It is the most comprehensive global dataset of warm-water coral reefs to date, acting as a foundation baseline map for future, more detailed, work. This dataset was compiled from a number of sources by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the WorldFish Centre, in collaboration with WRI (World Resources Institute) and TNC (The Nature Conservancy). Data sources include the Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project (IMaRS-USF and IRD 2005, IMaRS-USF 2005) and the World Atlas of Coral Reefs (Spalding et al. 2001).

Citation: UNEP-WCMC, WorldFish Centre, WRI, TNC (2018). Global distribution of coral reefs, compiled from multiple sources including the Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project. Version 4.0, updated by UNEP-WCMC. Includes contributions from IMaRSUSF and IRD (2005), IMaRS-USF (2005) and Spalding et al. (2001). Cambridge (UK): UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. URL: http://data.unepwcmc.org/datasets/1

For further information on the Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project, see: Andréfouët S, Muller-Karger FE, Robinson JA, Kranenburg CJ, Torres-Pulliza D, Spraggins SA, Murch B. (2006). Global assessment of modern coral reef extent and diversity for regional science and management applications: a view from space. Proceedings of 10th International Coral Reef Symposium: 1732-1745.

Citations for the separate entities: IMaRS-USF (Institute for Marine Remote Sensing-University of South Florida) (2005). Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project. Unvalidated maps. These maps are unendorsed by IRD, but were further interpreted by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Cambridge (UK): UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

IMaRS-USF, IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement) (2005). Millennium Coral Reef Mapping Project. Validated maps. Cambridge (UK): UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Spalding MD, Ravilious C, Green EP (2001). World Atlas of Coral Reefs. Berkeley (California, USA): The University of California Press. 436 pp.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Theme
  • Biogenic habitat
Identifier http://data.unep-wcmc.org/datasets/1
Alternate Identifier
  • http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=97071c96008d4ea6b0aabe4ed125661f
Version 4.0
Access Rights UNEP-WCMC General Data License (excluding WDPA). See www.unepwcmc.org/policies/general-data-license-excluding-wdpa#data_policy and www.unep-wcmc.org/policies. For commercial use, please contact [email protected]
Documentation
  • http://wcmc.io/warm_coral_reef
DCAT Type dataset
Source
Publisher UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Publisher Name UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Publisher Email [email protected]
Publisher Homepage http://www.unep-wcmc.org/
Contact Point UNEP-WCMC
Contact Name UNEP-WCMC
Contact Email [email protected]
Topic
  • Environment
  • Fisheries
  • Fisheries
  • Geoscience
  • PCCOS
Member countries
  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Melanesia
  • Micronesia
  • Polynesia
  • Regional
  • Other