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USGS Pacific Coral Reefs Website
This gateway provides access to United States Geological Survey (USGS) studies of coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean, especially in the Hawaiian Islands where efforts are are focused on mapping, monitoring, remote sensing, sediment transport studies, and collection of tide, wave, and current data from remote stations. Materials include basic facts about coral reefs, an overview of the risks and threats to reefs, news items, and links to publications and other related organizations. Separate pages describe the individual projects, including mapping of the reefs, efforts to monitor changes on the reefs (the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP)), and studies of sedimentation and sediment transport. There is also an interactive map showing the locations of the study areas.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this website is considered public information (unless otherwise noted) and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested. We strongly recommend that USGS data be acquired directly from a USGS server and not through other sources that may change the data in some way.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-330
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
        • Structure and function in living systems
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • C - Life science:
        • Behavior of organisms
        • Interdependence of organisms
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey
Coastal and Marine Geology Program
http://marine.usgs.gov/