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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

INDO PACIFIC CORAL FINDER: Coral Identification, Capacity Building and the Coral Hub

Corals are an amazing natural phenomenon of our Australian waters and indicators of the health of our coastal seas. Russell Kelley's guide will be in demand as it demonstrates how excellence in science communication makes identifying corals a whole lot easier in and out of the water.

The guide here contains over 700 images on 36 plastic pages and can be used to identify 70 coral genera anywhere in the Indo-Pacific. Clear visuals are provided with text limited to concise clear plain language, a must for those who are monitoring, surveying or merely curious. At the end of October it will be complimented by the supporting Coral Hub website and a suite of video training movies.

To get a sense of the website's look and feel go here

Some introductory movies can be found here and here. Over 90 minutes of dedicated coral identification training movies are currently in production and will be available on the website by the end of October 2010.
 
For information related to AUSMEPA school resources on Coral Bleaching and Climate Change for middle year students and teachers click here.

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