Reporting System for Coral Bleaching, Disease, Mortality, and other Community Composition Changes and Issues on a Coral Reef
This system is provided so that coral reef scientists, managers, divers, and other
enthusiasts can report observations of changes on a coral reef that can affect community
composition and/or coral health. Changes can include coral bleaching, disease, and/or
death. Collecting and maintaining a long-term record of coral reef ecosystem health
is critical for improving our understanding of these ecosystems. A long-term record
guides coral reef research, assists us in making sound management decisions, and
helps us develop effective management decision supporting tools.
This reporting system is intended to assist in a wide variety of management and
research activities, which ask many different questions about coral reef ecosystem
health and sustainability. We have prepared a questionnaire form for you to fill
out. If you use the questionnaire, please enter information to the best of your
ability. Note that reporting observations of the absence
of bleaching, disease,
community composition change, etc. is equally as important as reporting any adverse
conditions. Please feel free to limit yourself to the questions that you can answer.
Every bit of information is valuable. If you would like to report observations for
more than one location, please use as many separate forms as necessary. If you have
large datasets that you would like to provide, please email us at
and we will send you directions for submitting your data.
Options for submitting your report:
- Fill out the online questionnaire.
- Download the offline questionnaire, and submit it via e-mail or mail.
- Compose your own report and submit it via e-mail or mail.
Your contribution will be made available on the ReefBase web site for free access
unless you advise otherwise.
Thank you very much for your help.
The WorldFish Center and NOAA Coral Reef Watch
ReefBase Project Leader
The WorldFish Center
Jalan Batu Maung, Batu Maung
11960 Bayan Lepas, Penang
The reporting system presented here was initially designed in the late 1990’s
and maintained by NOAA Coral Reef Watch. As part of a collaborative effort, ReefBase
later took over the maintenance of this system and distribution of collected bleaching
Instructions for Bleaching Report
1. Complete a separate Bleaching Report for each occurrence you would like to report on.
2. Enter your answers to the best of your ability - Every bit of information is helpful.
Download offline version