Teams Study and Restore Corals Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria

March 7, 2018

The impacts of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season were historic for communities in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. While coral reefs—the first lines of protection for these coastal communities—stood strong against the storms, many were heavily impacted. NOAA is working alongside local agencies, community members, and a group of military veterans to study and restore thousands of corals.

Teams began work in October 2017 and it is ongoing. Stay up to date and dive deeper into our post-hurricane restoration efforts with the online resources below.

Interactive Story Map

By Miguel Figuerola

How do corals and their habitats look after being hit by 20-foot-plus waves, river-like ocean currents, and continuous sedimentation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria? This story map chronicles the initial efforts from October to December 2017 to get boots on the ground and fins in the water to find out. Click the photo below to launch the story map.

screen shot of the story map for ARCGIS application of damage to coral reef area from the 2017 hurricane season

Photos from the Field

Click through these images for a driver's perspective of coral reef areas impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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