A NASA – funded project has created an archive of approximately 1,500 images of worldwide coral reefs. The archive is a tool international researchers will use, as they track reef health. The collection of coral reef images is the basis for a new internet-based library for the Millennium Coral Reef Project. It was created in a partnership between NASA and the University of South Florida (USF). Additional contributors, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, international agencies and other universities, shared data, so natural resource managers could have a comprehensive world data resource on coral reefs and adjacent land areas.
NASA contributed funding and satellite data to the project to develop global reef maps as a base for future research. The project will also serve as a library for coral reef remote sensing data. A distribution network has been developed to make the data available to organizations around the world. Current knowledge of the total area and locations of coral reefs is not adequate to see changes that occur in them.