Global Bleaching Database
The Global Bleaching Database is important because it provides a mechanism to track global trends. This information is used to inform scientific research focused on coral bleaching. As a coral reef manager, it is important that you share the information you are learning about coral bleaching at your site with other coral reef managers and management teams. This is easy to do, and should be included in any bleaching monitoring protocol you develop for your site.
Global Bleaching Reports are managed by ReefBase and can be submitted online, or downloaded for offline completion. Sign up on the site and view the questionnaire in advance of submitting, so that you are prepared with the appropriate information.
The reports are intended to allow coral reef scientists, divers, and others to report any occurrence of coral bleaching. Although the questionnaire is very thorough, feel free to answer whatever questions you can—every piece of information is helpful in better understanding the patterns of bleaching on a global scale. All records submitted to ReefBase are immediately added to the global bleaching database, and incorporated into all online queries and map products.