Latest news - databaseWe are excited to announce the launch of our new CoralWatch database in partnership with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), the Biocollect platform. All existing data has been migrated over to this new system, which has a fresh look and a variety of exciting new features such as: uploading photos, adding species, and using filters for easy data access. The new ALA website is mobile-compatible. The original CoralWatch mobile apps are no longer in use. To access the new database: Read instructions.
The development of CoralWatch's new database has been supported by the partnership between the Australian Government’s ReefTrust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Additional support is provided by Atlas of Living Australia and The University of Queensland.
Come Join our WatchYou can join our watch by:
- Follow us on social media, like us on facebook, instagram and twitter and receive updates about the reef.
- Become a citizen scientist and CoralWatch member. Get ready, its easy.
- Save reefs from home. The biggest threat to reefs is climate change. Help reduce carbon emmisions, choose a more sustainable lifestyle.
- Please share CoralWatch within your networks, we need more eyes on the reef. The reef needs us all!
CoralWatch is a not-for-profit citizen science program based at The University of Queensland working with volunteers worldwide to increase understanding of coral reefs, coral bleaching and climate change.
CoralWatch developed the Coral Health Chart in 2002. The chart standardises changes in coral colours, and provides a simple way for people to quantify coral health and contribute to the CoralWatch global database. The Coral Health Chart is used by dive centres, schools, conservation groups, tourists, and scientists. To get involved simply download a Do-it-Yourself kit, request a Coral Health Chart and you are ready to start monitoring.
CoralWatch also conducts regular workshops for communities, teachers and students, and has developed a range of high quality educational materials such as books, dvd, and curriculum linked lesson plans. Many of these are freely available.
All this work would not be possible without our sponsors. We thank you for your generosity.
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