The first global map of tropical shallow water has been created through joint effort of NASA and NOAA. Nearly 44,000 SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor) scenes collected over five years were processed to 1 sq.km cells by NASA Space Flight Center using algorithms developed by NOAA for water shallower than 20-30 meters. NOAA is working with the UNEP World Consdervation Monitoring Centre to use this data set to improve the database of coral reef locations used in ReefBase.
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) Media Release
25 May 2007
The iconic whale sharks that congregate at Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia are declining in number, according to a recent study. Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Charles Darwin University have used 12 years of whale shark photographs from Ningaloo Reef to monitor and predict trends in population size. The scientists’ models show a steady decline in numbers of the giant fish.