The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation makes ArcGIS StoryMaps to guide people through our maps and data, tell key conservation stories, and showcase our findings from the Global Reef Expedition.
Mapping our Planet’s Coral Reefs
This StoryMap guides users through the Foundation’s World Reef Map, one of the largest collections of high-resolution coral reef maps ever made. Combining satellite information with data collected in the field, we produced these maps to provide people with the information they need to protect their coral reefs. People in many coastal communities we worked in do not have access to expensive mapping software, so we created a free platform that allows anyone to explore our maps. The mapping platform we created also includes tools people can use to extract meaningful information from our maps, such as the area covered by coral reefs. A proper understanding of the detailed information available in the web-based map will help policymakers, local communities, and conservation organizations establish conservation plans to fight the unfolding coral reef crisis.
Conducting Research on the Global Reef Expedition
The second StoryMap we created takes users aboard the Global Reef Expedition, showing them what is happening to coral reefs around the globe. This StoryMap includes information on the scientific surveys we conducted, the methodology used to map coral reefs, and the discoveries we made on our 10-year research mission studying coral reefs around the globe.
Lessons Learned from the Global Reef Expedition
This StoryMap highlights the top-5 global findings we made on the Global Reef Expedition. These findings illustrate how the coral reef crisis was apparent in every location surveyed, and swift action is needed to conserve our planet’s coral reefs.
Science Without Borders®: Conserving the Tropics
The Foundation’s newest program, Science Without Borders®: Conserving the Tropics, seeks to use what we learned on the Global Reef Expedition to help coastal communities conserve their coastal marine resources, including coral reefs, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows.