Global Reef Record

Gonzalez Rivero, Manuel and Hoegh-Guldberg, Ian Ove (2013): Global Reef Record. The University of Queensland. Collection.

Project name The Global Reef Record
Project description
The XL Catlin Global Reef Record is a research tool aimed at collating and communicating the coral reef science of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey and combining that information with data from other leading sources of ocean research. This free database povides scientists across various disciplines of marine studies with a tool for analysing the current state of the reef ecosystems on a local, regional and global scale and monitoring changes that occur over time.

It has been designed in partnership with scientists from the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland with additional data and analysis from World Resources Institute, SCRIPPS and NOAA.

This data is important for the future conservation and management of coral reefs and will encourage global engagement with reef health issues.
Contact name Alberto Rodriguez-Ramirez
Contact email
Creator name Gonzalez Rivero, Manuel
Hoegh-Guldberg, Ian Ove
Creator(s) role Lead Researcher
Chief Investigator
Dataset name Global Reef Record
Dataset description
The Global Reef Record is an open access archive of coral reef research, in particular from the Catlin Seaview Survey. A collection of high definition images and video footage, filmed on multiple coral reefs sites around the world, the data is archived in a database that allows the viewing, exploring and downloading of the data using multiple approaches.

The Global Reef Record is a collection of high definition images and video footage filmed on multiple coral reefs sites around the world. The images are scanned for coral species and automatically annotated, using computer vision algorithms.

The Catlin Seaview Survey merges technological approaches to rapidly survey large extensions of coral reefs around the globe using underwater imagery. These images are then post-processed and automatically annotated, using computer vision algorithms, to extract information about coral reef benthic community structure. Additional environmental data from satellites such as regional storm activity and wave exposure, ocean temperature anomalies from NOAA,  and coral reef threats from the World Resource Institute are included to allow for advanced analysis of worldwide reef health. 

The Global Reef Record is aimed at fostering scientific collaboration and supporting coral reef research from local to regional scales. Ultimately, the standardised approached of the Catlin Seaview Survey on an open access database is aimed to foster informed management strategies on coral reefs. The footage is used to create 3D reconstructions of reef ecosystems, which provides a visual means to assess reef populations. 

Reefs at risk can be identified on maps, and discrete datasets for specific areas such as Australia can be identified. 

Access conditions Open Access
Licencing and terms of access Creative Commons Attribution noncommercial

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ANZSRC Field of Research (FoR) Code 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
050206 Environmental Monitoring
040501 Biological Oceanography
Type of data Underwater images
High definition images and video footage
Image analysis data
Data Volume 90 TB
Software required Search tools are supplied through the portal.
Language eng
Collection start date 2012-09-07
Time coverage start date 2012-09-07
Keyword Climate change - oceanic
Reef mapping
Coral reefs
Coral reef health
Benthic community structure
Benthic community mapping
Collection type Collection
Publisher The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2013
Copyright notice 2013, The University of Queensland

Document type: Data Collection
Collections: Global Change Institute Publications
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Created: Wed, 20 Nov 2013, 11:48:11 EST by Justin M Clark