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November 01, 2014  

NOAA Resources



This page connects site visitors to a collection of the electronic resources created by the CRCP and other parts of NOAA.

Data, Reports, and Products
Multimedia
   Photo Resources
   Video Resources
   Audio Resources

Data, Reports, and Products

CRCP Key Documents
The Coral Reef Information System hosts a list of key documents that relay CRCP program and policy information, descriptions of the state of corals, CRCP reports, and strategies for preserving coral ecosystems. Each entry includes title, a link to the document, and a brief description of the publication. Types of documents encompassed in this list are: legislative mandates, the U.S. Ocean Action Plan, reports to Congress, strategic guidance documents, reports on the status of coral ecosystems, and the CRCP Technical Memorandum Series and annual accomplishment reports.

Coral Reef Information System
In 2002, the CRCP launched the Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) Website as a single point of access to NOAA coral reef information and data products. The site provides access to general coral information, publications, an extensive glossary, professional exchanges, region-specific data, photos and summaries of NOAA's coral reef activities.

CRCP Performance Measures Manual
This document was completed in May of 2011 to assist CRCP Project Managers ensure the results of their work contribute to the CRCP performance measures and that they understand the process to report the results of their work. Learn more about the development of the performance measures and this manual here.

Coral Reef Habitat Assessments for US Marine Protected Areas
In the National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs (2000) and the National Coral Reef Action Strategy (2002), the United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) established a key conservation objective of protecting at least 20 percent of U.S. coral reefs and associated habitat types in no-take marine reserves. This project's objective was to determine the amount of US coral reef habitat that is currently protected within MPAs and no-take marine reserves and gather in one place the digital boundaries for these sites.

Draft NOAA Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Research and Management Strategic Plan
NOAA is the lead federal agency mandated to protect and preserve the Nation's marine resources, including deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems. As our understanding of these resources has grown, so too has the need to target research and management actions. The Draft NOAA Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Research and Management Strategic Plan represents a concerted effort to identify exploration, research, management, and international activities that provide the necessary information to implement appropriate management measures to protect and conserve deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems.

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Research Strategy: International Workshop to Prioritize Research and Management Needs
In October 2009, this research strategy was developed based upon the 2008 Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Workshop hosted by the Perry Institute for Marine Science and organized by NOAA (Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research and NOAA's Undersea Research Program) and the US Geological Survey. It identifies critical research needs to help inform management and guide NOAA supported activities related to mesophotic coral ecosystems.

NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrated Observing System (CREIOS) Workshops Report (pdf, 564 kb)
As part of its efforts to implement the Roadmap for the Future, the CRCP is reviewing its portfolio of monitoring and mapping activities, collectively called the Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrated Observing System (CREIOS), to ensure they are cost-effective, aligned with jurisdictional management needs, and able to deliver products and services in a timely manner to essential users, given funding constraints. This report details the outcomes of the workshop convened to examine the CRCP's portfolio of mapping, monitoring, and assessment activities in the US Pacific reef jurisdictions and will be used as a preamble to the identification of priorities and the capacity assessments for each US reef jurisdiction.

CRCP Land-Based Sources of Pollution Implementation Plan (pdf, 709 kb)
This document outlines a plan for implementing the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s (CRCP) National Goals for addressing land-based sources of pollution (LBSP) and supporting identified local priorities related to this threat. The implementation plan identifies the particular expertise, tools, and support the CRCP can provide to assure our partner jurisdictions have the capacity to successfully achieve management goals to reduce the impacts of LBSP to coral reef ecosystems and to effectively manage watersheds. Additionally, this implementation plan is intended to clearly articulate CRCP’s niche in addressing LBSP, identify areas of collaboration, and ultimately help inform future internal CRCP LBSP funding decisions over the next five years (2011 - 2015). For the purposes of the LBSP Implementation Plan, NOAA’s partnering jurisdictions include: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CRCP Communications Education and Outreach Strategy (pdf, 214 kb)
The CRCP National Communication Education and Outreach Strategy (National CEO Strategy) provides overarching guidance to better focus, integrate and synchronize the activities of CRCP and its partners in formal and informal education programs, strategic communications activities, social marketing campaigns and outreach activities. This document will guide the CRCP’s national communications, education and outreach programs, activities and initiatives, as well as decisions for funding internal and external partners’ activities, including appropriate federal, state, local, and private sector entities, from fiscal years 2010-2015.

Puerto Rico Local Action Strategies for Coral Reef Conservation 2011-2015 (pdf, 2.46mb)
The Puerto Rico’s local action strategy (LAS) constitutes the guideline that will be followed to address key issues and facilitate solutions for the conservation and protection of the coral reefs. It targets important and solvable issues with specific projects that are feasible and measurable.

CRCP Fishing Impacts Implementation Plan (pdf, 1.79mb)
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program has developed this plan for implementing the fishing impacts goals and objectives from the CRCP’s National Goals and Objectives 2010-2015

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Multimedia

Photo Resources

2008 Coral Reef Educational Resources CD
This CD includes a compilation of educational resources, including photo slideshows.

NOAA Aquarius Undersea Research Station Photo Archive

Aquarius is an underwater research station located in Key Largo, Florida. The linked page hosts images from Aquarius missions. Aquarius is a partnership between NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and has a slightly different image use policy than most other NOAA images.

NOAA Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Photo Database

NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment provides searchable access to over 1000 high-resolution digital photographs of coral reef fish and reef habitat in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Users can search by location, date, common name, and taxonomic family, genus, or species.

NOAA Coral Kingdom Photo Library. The NOAA Photo Library includes high-resolution images of fish, invertebrates and scuba divers from Caribbean, Pacific and Red Sea coral reefs.

NOAA Coral Reef Information System Image and Video Collection
This collection is a list of web-based information provided by national and international organizations involved in coral reef activities and research. Entries include the web site title, a link to the web site, and a brief description of each organization and its involvement with coral reefs. Items in this collection are searchable with Quick Search and Advanced Search. While most of the collection is NOAA data, other organizations have also submitted imagery and video to this collection–follow all instructions for usage.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Image Slideshow of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
This slideshow showcases images taken above and below water in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands during a research and conservation expedition in 2002. Images were taken by professional wildlife photographer, James Watt.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is an online vault where a comprehensive collection of select video clips and high-resolution still images from America's underwater treasures are securely stored and available for searchable access and download. Use key words to search for images and video of coral and associated organisms, or browse the collections from Fagatele Bay, the Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray's Reef, Hawaiian Humpback Whale, and the NW Hawaiian Islands. Check back often; the collection is constantly growing.

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Video Resources

2008 Coral Reef Educational Resources CD
This CD includes a compilation of educational resources, including videos.

Animation: Coral Bleaching Degree Heating Weeks
This visualization depicts global accumulated thermal stress (degree heating weeks), which can lead to coral bleaching, for the last six months.

Animation: Ocean Acidification Impacts on Coral Reefs
This visualization depicts ocean acidification impacts on coral reefs between 1765 and 2100.

NOAA Aquarius Undersea Research Station Video Archive
Aquarius is an underwater research station located in Key Largo, Florida. The linked page hosts videos from Aquarius. During missions, live Webcams capture activities in and around Aquarius.  Aquarius is a partnership between NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and has a slightly different image use policy than most other NOAA images.

NOAA B-Roll
NOAA maintains a library of video footage, which is compiled and categorized by subject, including coral. It's available for the cost of reproduction on a public domain basis–no license or clearance required. Visit the site for more information and instructions on how to request footage.

NOAA Coral Reef Information System Image and Video Collection
This collection is a list of web-based information provided by national and international organizations involved in coral reef activities and research. Entries include the web site title, a link to the web site, and a brief description of each organization and its involvement with coral reefs. Items in this collection are searchable with Quick Search and Advanced Search. While most of the collection is NOAA data, other organizations have also submitted imagery and video to this collection–follow all instructions for usage.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library.
The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is an online vault where a comprehensive collection of select video clips and high-resolution still images from America's underwater treasures are securely stored and available for searchable access and download. Use key words to search for images and video of coral and associated organisms, or browse the collections from Fagatele Bay, the Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray's Reef, Hawaiian Humpback Whale, and the NW Hawaiian Islands. Check back often; the collection is constantly growing.

NOAA Ocean Media Center YouTube Channel
NOAA's Ocean Media Center creates High Definition video products showcasing the many services that NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) provides to the public. Find videos about coral spawning, marine debris, and more.

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Audio Resources

NOAA National Ocean Service Podcasts
Diving Deeper is a bi-weekly audio podcast featuring discussions with NOAA National Ocean Service scientists on a wide variety of ocean topics. Making Waves is a bi-weekly audio podcast reporting on the latest NOAA National Ocean Service news and information. Search the archives for episodes featuring coral and the Coral Reef Conservation Program.

NOAA/NSTA Podcast Archive
Since 2006, NOAA has collaborated with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest association of science educators, to develop a collection of materials for teachers that focus on coral reef ecosystems. NSTA podcasts are free two to 60 minute segments taken from NSTA Web seminars; this collection features podcasts created from Web seminars hosted by NOAA scientists about coral topics.

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