GCRMN Steering Committee Meeting – March 2024

On 26th March 2024, the GCRMN convened its Steering Committee for a productive meeting focusing on the production of the next Global Report. Jennifer Koss, chair of the Steering Committee and co-chair of ICRI, opened the meeting by highlighting the pressing nature of the current global coral reef situation, as we are on the cusp of […]

GCRMN Regional Coordinators Meeting – February 2024

The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) is a global network of scientists, managers and organisations that monitor the condition of coral reefs throughout the world, operating through  10 regional nodes, which operate as entities under the GCRMN driven by regional coordinators. These coordinators facilitate the communication within the region, host workshops on monitoring and […]

GCRMN Reef Encounter Article: Values of a long-term partnership

Since 1995, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), an operational network of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) has nurtured a global community dedicated to coral reef conservation by providing a platform to exchange data and share knowledge, expertise, innovative ideas and diverse perspective.   Utilising data from a range of techniques, from ground-level […]

2023 Coral Bleaching Guidance

Coral Restoration Consortium releases guidance to practitioners on coral bleaching Bleaching is reaching severe levels throughout the tropics with more reports coming in daily. This extreme heat stress due to the predicted El Niño, is arriving a month earlier than expected. Corals can recover from mild or short-term bleaching but long-term or extreme heat causes […]

Regional Coordinators Meeting – July 2023

The GCRMN is structured in ten regional nodes, which operate as independent entities around a regional coordinator. These node coordinators facilitate the communication within the region, workshops on monitoring and data management and contributions to global and regional GCRMN “Status and Trends of Coral Reefs” reports. Regional node coordinators interact with the GCRMN Core Team […]

Is El Niño on the horizon? What does it mean for coral reefs

Hard corals are particularly sensitive to marine heatwaves (a period of abnormally high ocean temperatures), as thermal stress can lead them to expel their symbiotic algae – zooxanthellae -, revealing their white calcium carbonate structure, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”. As hard corals heavily depend on the energetic resources provided by their symbiotic algae, marine […]

GCRMN Steering Committee meeting – May 2023

On 16th May 2023, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) Steering Committee convened for a productive online meeting that saw discussions ranging from the establishment of a new Data Taskforce, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and updates from regional nodes. The Steering Committee meeting was opened by Tom Dallison (International Coral Reef Initiative […]

Coral Beaching on the Allen Coral Atlas

Today the Allen Coral Atlas released a new version of its coral bleaching monitoring system, including biweekly bleaching data from 2019 to the present. This unprecedented data release helps resource managers react to bleaching events as they occur, and decision makers as they prioritize areas for restoration and mitigation. “Coral bleaching is one of the […]

GCRMN Steering Committee meeting: renewed efforts for 2023

The GCRMN convened on January 18th for a Steering Committee meeting held online, with key advancements and implications for both the network and global coral reef monitoring. Building on discussions and developments during previous Steering Committee meetings in February and March 2022, the meeting formalised updates at the global level and from regional nodes. Shaun […]

A new animated video introducing SocMon

The Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management (SocMon), which is part of the GCRMN and works through regional and local partners to facilitate community-based socioeconomic monitoring, has released a new animated video to explain what it is, why it matters, and how it works.   The video provides a reminder of why collecting socioeconomic […]