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The Global Reef Expedition: A mission…

September 5, 2019

Kristin Stolberg (front) and Bar Ayalon (back), Scientists of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation surveying corals at the outer reef edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Ribbon 7, green zone. Great visibility of more than 50 meters.

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In 2011, scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation set out on a mission to explore the remote coral reefs of the world. An international team of scientists, photographers, videographers and conservationists, as well as local leaders, were assembled to map, characterize, and evaluate coral reefs throughout the western Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They wanted to take a snapshot of the reefs in time, to survey and map the reefs and assess their health before it was too late. 

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The Global Reef Expedition: A mission…

September 4, 2019

Global Geneva Magazine By Liz Thompson They set out to survey the health of remote coral reefs. As Liz Thompson writes, the team returned with the largest collection of high-resolution coral reef maps on Earth. IN 2011, scientists from the …

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An Ocean of Story Maps

August 29, 2019

With the storytelling tools in ArcGIS, the ocean community is telling powerful stories about ocean science, conservation, exploration, and field work. The Story Maps in this collection by Esri were chosen for the outstanding ways that they are informing, educating, and inspiring scientists, conservationists, decision-makers, and the general public, on a wide variety of ocean issues. They include two that feature our work with the iLCP in Palau and on the Great Barrier Reef.

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How we used Maxar satellite imagery to…

August 29, 2019

World Reef Map Coral Reef Map

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The world has lost over 50 percent of its coral reefs due to climate change and other human pressures in the past 40 years. Few accurate maps of remote coral reefs exist, and without good maps, it is hard to …

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Building the most accurate, most…

August 27, 2019

World Reef Map Coral Reef Map

Maxar August 13, 2019 By Sam Purkis, PhD, Chief Scientist of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation   How the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation used Maxar satellite imagery to create the largest high-resolution maps of coral reefs …

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Big data and the race to save coral…

July 31, 2019

JMP June 28, 2019   With climate change fast eliciting coral bleaching on global scales, marine biologists are using predictive modeling to help prioritize conservation efforts.   Though coral reefs constitute less than 2% of the Earth’s oceans, they play …

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B.A.M. Student Voices 2018-2019

July 16, 2019

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Previously, you heard the voice of the students in our J.A.M.I.N. program.  Now it’s time to hear how the students in The Bahamas feel about our Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves (B.A.M.) program! 1st Year B.A.M. Students: “I learned that mangroves are more vital to …

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Global Reef Expedition: The Series

July 11, 2019

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The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to share with you our TV series on the Global Reef Expedition—which is now available to stream on our website! In this series of videos, you’ll follow our international team of scientists …

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JAMIN Student Voice 2019

July 9, 2019

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Throughout the B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N. programs, we evaluate each program by surveying students. This data helps us to determine whether our education programs are effective and whether we know our audience. It also allows us to measure how much knowledge is retained and whether or not their attitudes and actions about mangroves change as they continue through the program. One of my favorite things to do after the programs have ended is to read the students’ written responses. In this blog you will find select responses to the final survey. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Reflections After 5 Years of J.A.M.I.N.

July 2, 2019

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There are too many good memories to share, but I want to reflect on a few of the more unforgettable ones from my last five years implementing the J.A.M.I.N. program. And I don’t need to look at the data collected from our surveys to know that the program is reaching students and teachers in a meaningful way. Whether the gesture is great or small, what has most convinced me that we are making a difference is the appreciation, interest, and eagerness expressed by our students and teachers in Jamaica.

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