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New Interactive Map Highlights America’s Coral Reefs

A new interactive map, “Mapping America’s Coral Reefs,” gives casual observers an engaging overview of  the nearly 3 million acres of sea floor habitat mapping data produced by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and its partners. This “story” map complements a recent report summarizing NOAA shallow-water coral reef mapping outcomes and results, which is a valuable aid for managers of these resources.

Knowing the locations of various types of coral reef structure, as well as the different sea floor types around them, helps managers better focus limited conservation and restoration dollars. Story maps are interactive web tools that fuse maps, text, photos and other data in a format that is easy to navigate. Additionally, the code can be re-used to tell other interactive stories.

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