Remote sensing coral reefs

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By some estimates, half of Earth’s coral reefs have been lost since the 1980s. Termed the “coral reef crisis,” this ecological catastrophe of the tropical oceans has been hard to grasp because of the lack of a global baseline of the world’s reefs. Remote sensing is presently the only technology that can address this deficit and one that is opening new vistas of potential inquiry. This article provides an overview of the evolution of reef remote sensing, the present state-of-the-art for habitat and bathymetric mapping, and offers a glimpse into future technologies that might be used to tackle the reef crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ocean Sciences
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128130810
ISBN (Print)9780128130827
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Bathymetry
  • Climate change
  • Coral reef
  • Geographic information systems
  • Habitat mapping
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Remote sensing
  • Satellite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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