International global reef project maps now online


The most up-to-date global satellite images of the world’s coral reefs are now online, thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft’s late co-founder, Paul G. Allen, and a team of international partners including The University of Queensland.

The satellite images will be transformed into maps in the Allen Coral Atlas, an online mapping and monitoring project – to be completed in 2020 – that will show the composition and structure of the world’s coral reefs.

Dr Chris Roelfsema and Professor Stuart Phinn, from UQ’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Remote Sensing Research Centre, lead the mapping efforts globally, and have completed example maps for five important reefs at different locations around the world.