Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs

This activity identifies and explains the benefits of and threats to coral reef systems. Students read tutorials, describe the role of satellites, analyze oceanographic data and identify actions that can be undertaken to reduce or eliminate threats to coral reefs. As a culminating activity, students prepare a public education program.

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NOAA Ocean Service Education

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

If students do not have access to the Internet, educator can download copies of materials cited under "Learning Procedure" and provide copies of these materials to students.

Students read about human impacts on coral in the tutorial. Educators will need to reinforce this concept in the discussion after the data collection activity.

There is a complementary and overlapping activity at: It uses the same material and asks students to demonstrate their understanding of coral bleaching through writing and public presentation.

Activity is linked to Ocean Literacy Essential Principles.