Global Distribution of Coral Reefs

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
Issued 2020-07-01T04:05:43.670329
Modified 2020-07-01T04:09:40.108424
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