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Coral reef conservation policy must change at the local, national, and international level. To affect conservation policy, the public must be educated about what is happening to coral reefs, what the future impact is, and how to mitigate the damage.

The United Nations is cooperating with countries with coral reefs within their territories to preserve and restore them. Coral reef restoration efforts have largely focused on biological surveys, such as population counts of fish, plants, and corals. Scientists are also collecting a significant amount of data via remote sensing satellites, and aerial multi-spectral analysis.

However, current funding limits the depth and breadth of the types of data collected. The Global Reef Project aims to collaborate with researchers, non-profit organizations, and academia to comprehensively evaluate the health of coral reefs around the world. Coral reef chemical and biological data will then be published on the internet and in peer-reviewed journals to contribute to the debate about developing sustainable and healthy coral reef ecosystems. The end result will be to positively affect public conservation policy.

If significant correlations between human activity and coral reef health can be established, the Global Reef Project will aim to replicate its approach around the world.

• El Niño Southern Oscillation
• Global Impact of Carbon Dioxide
• Ocean Acidification

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