Satellites unveil the size and nature of the world’s coral reefs

14 Feb 2024
Coral reef
A shallow coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Image: Chris Roelfsema.

University of Queensland-led research has shown there is more coral reef area across the globe than previously thought, with detailed satellite mapping helping to conserve these vital ecosystems.

Dr Mitchell Lyons from UQ’s School of the Environment, working as part of the Allen Coral Atlas project, said scientists have now identified 348,000 square kilometres of shallow coral reefs, up to 20-30 metres deep.

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