Coral disease resources

GCDD Published Data Archive

Earlier iterations of the Global Coral Disease Database contained over 7000 data points on the global distribution of coral diseases, manually extracted from peer reviewed scientific literature and technical reports. Where possible these records have been harmonised within the updated GCDD structure. Records which do not conform to the revised GCDD data attributes, precluding comparison with newly submitted data, are available through a separate archive file ‘UNEP-WCMC Archive Data’, accessed via the contributors pages. For further information and to search the archive data please visit:

http://www.unep-wcmc.org/marine/coraldis

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Field Guide to Western Atlantic Coral Diseases and Other Causes of Coral Mortality

A field guide to the most common forms of coral disease in the Western Atlantic, including descriptions and photographs of indications of disease, and identification keys to help you distinguish different diseases from one another, and from other causes of damage to corals. CD-ROM published in 2003 by NOAA in collaboration with PADI Aware and UNEP-WCMC.

[Download Field Guide] – Currently this data is accessible from the UNEP-WCMC site on the following link

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Field Guide to Coral Diseases of the Pacific and Red Sea

A field guide to the most common forms of coral disease in the Western Atlantic, including descriptions and photographs of indications of disease, and identification keys to help you distinguish different diseases from one another, and from other causes of damage to corals. CD-ROM published by the Living Oceans Foundation in collaboration with NOAA and UNEP-WCMC.

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Coral Disease - guidelines for assessment, monitoring and management (2008)

Designed for reef managers by international experts on coral disease, the Coral Disease Handbook produced by the GEF Coral Reef Targeted Research (CRTR) Working Group on Disease, outlines procedures for describing indicators, measuring impacts, monitoring outbreaks, assessing causes, and managing reefs to minimize losses due to disease. This handbook helps managers not only to document and manage disease on their reefs, but also enables them to contribute to our scientific understanding of this grave and increasing threat.

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Underwater Cards for Assessing Coral Health on Caribbean Reefs (2008)

These Underwater Cards for assessing the health of coral reefs have been designed so that scientific, professional and recreational divers can all assist with gathering information on the occurrence of coral reef diseases in the Caribbean. These cards will assist in the identification and monitoring of diseases in Caribbean coral and other reef organisms

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Underwater Cards for Assessing Coral Health on Indo-Pacific Reefs (2008)

These Underwater Cards for assessing the health of coral reefs have been designed so that scientific, professional and recreational divers can all assist with gathering information on the occurrence of coral reef diseases in the Indo-Pacific. These cards will assist in the identification and monitoring of diseases in Indo-Pacific corals and other reef organisms

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More Information

For further peer reviewed publications relating to coral disease, produced by members of the CRTR programme through their involvement in the programme of through related activities please visit: http://www.gefcoral.org/Publications/ReferencedPublications/tabid/3302/Default.aspx#disease