Guides & Case Studies

Analyzing and interpreting spatial information.

Caribbean Coral Reefs

Examining current and projected threats in a key marine ecoregion.

Coral reefs worldwide are facing a variety of threats. The World Resources Institute (WRI) assessed threats to coral reefs in a number of key marine ecoregions, including the Caribbean. Results from these assessments can be used to develop effective conservation strategies.

Coral reefs are increasingly stressed by natural and anthropogenic forces, including storm surges, changes in sea level, ocean temperature and pH, destructive fishing practices, and careless tourism. With some coral reefs already damaged beyond repair and a large percentage...