Incorporation of New Digital Photographs into U.S. Caribbean Coral Reef Monitoring Database Enhances Public Access to Information
The online Coral Reef Ecosystem Database, developed and managed by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and funded by the Coral Reef Conservation Program, now provides public access to new digital photographs from six years of coral reef field studies. Easy public access to images of coral reef species and habitats, which were taken during studies in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, facilitates a variety of coral reef research, management and educational opportunities.
The images have been used by the research and management community, including the U.S. National Park Service, the University of Puerto Rico, and NOAA. More than a thousand new digital photos were added to the database, which is now searchable, and they may be downloaded in jpg format. There are images of fishes and invertebrates, hard and soft corals, mangroves, and seagrass beds and other benthic habitats.
For more information, access the database at http://www8.nos.noaa.gov/biogeo_public/reef_photos.aspx.