The resources listed below are intended for those wanting to learn more about coral and coral ecosystems, or those who conduct coral outreach to inform others about coral. Tools and resources for formal and informal educators can be found on the Educational Resources page.
Coral 101. Want to know the structure of a coral polyp, find out how reefs form, or learn how fast coral colonies can grow? Learn about basic coral anatomy and biology as well as about various types of coral ecosystems in this section of the site.
Threats to Coral. What are the top three threats to coral? What other threats to coral ecosystems face? Find the answers to these questions and more. Visit the Conservation section to learn what NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program and others are doing to address these threats to coral around the world.
The Value of Coral Ecosystems Why should you care about the health of coral and coral reefs around the world? Coral provides many ecosystem services – such as coastal protection, a source of food and income, the source of new medicines, recreation, and biodiversity – and no matter where you live, you probably benefit from at least one of them. This section includes access to a series of Public Service Announcement posters that were created to demonstrate the value of coral reefs.
Coral Reef Educational Resources CD 2008. The 2008 edition of Coral Reef Educational Resources, formerly called the 2008 Resource Roundup CD, is a collection of coral reefs education and outreach materials created by state and federal agencies as well as non-profit organizations that are part of the Education and Outreach Working Group of the US Coral Reef Task Force (Task Force). The contents of both editions of the 2008 CD are available from the link above. Of particular interest for outreach, see the Student Activities; Guides and Resources; Background Materials; Brochures; Posters; and Videos, Slideshows, and More pages.
NOAA Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) Essays. Coral reefs are complex, biologically diverse ecosystems. Countless studies, books and papers have been devoted to exploring and understanding the nature of these unique marine environments. These essays discuss some of the most important aspects of coral reefs.
NOAA Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) Regional Portal.The Portal provides regional access to CRCP data and information, based on the regions defined in the State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005 report.
NOAA Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) Online Coral Reef Glossary. The glossary provides definitions of many technical and scientific terms and acronyms related to coral reefs. Photographs and images supplement many of the definitions.
Corals Tutorial. This discovery kit contains three sections devoted to learning about coral reefs: an online tutorial, an educational roadmap to resources, and formal lesson plans (developed for grades 9-12).
Corals Roadmap to Resources. These online resources are meant to guide students and educators to topics presented in the Coral Tutorial.
Discover Coral Reefs - Project WET activity booklet. - includes fun, colorful and informative activities for kids in grade levels K-5. This booklet is available as a print product only. Hard copies no longer available from NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve: Education and Outreach. This site offers general information on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and activities for children.
NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program: Frequently Asked Questions. To help answer a variety of questions related to coral reefs and the Coral Health and Monitoring Program, the Program's Website includes an extensive listing of Frequently Asked Questions.
Resources. Additional useful electronic publications can be found in this section of the Website.
Conservation Methods. Learn about what NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program and others are doing to address threats to coral around the world.
Things You Can Do to Protect Coral Reefs. Even if you don't live near a coral reef you can help protect reefs in the US and around the world.
Coral Reefs and Oil Spills: A Guided Tour. This tour provides a basic overview of coral reefs, some of the threats they face, and some of the ways people can restore reefs that have been damaged by oil spills.
NOAA 200th: Coral Reef Conservation Essays. NOAA's 200th Celebration in 2007 highlighted the rich history of science, service, and stewardship provided to the American public by NOAA and its predecessors. A series of essays written for the Celebration explore the Foundations and Visions of coral reef conservation by NOAA.
NOAA 200th: Coral Reef Conservation Feature Stories. NOAA's 200th Celebration in 2007 highlighted the rich history of science, service, and stewardship provided to the American public by NOAA and its predecessors. Two feature articles written for the Celebration explore Technology and the Study of Coral Reefs and Protecting Coral from Oil Spills and Other Hazards.
Coral Videos. View videos about coral that have been produced by the Coral Reef Conservation Program and other NOAA offices.
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 coral images, or browse the collections from Fagatele Bay, the Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray's Reef, and Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuaries, as well as the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
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.
Resources. Additional useful multimedia resources can be found in this section of the Website.