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Detailed and definitive account of the current state of the Earth's coral reefs. The atlas contains 84 full-page newly researched and drawn colour maps, together with more than 200 colour photos illustrating reefs, reef animals, and images taken from space by NASA astronauts during the 2000 and 2001 space shuttle flights. Also provided is detailed information on the geography, biodiversity and human uses of coral reefs, together with an assessment of current threats to their existence.
Prepared at the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK, publication of the Atlas is supported by institutions including the Marine Aquarium Council, the International Coral Reef Initiative and ICLARM.
Mark D. Spalding is Senior Programme Officer of UNEP-WCMC's Marine and Coastal Programme. Corinna Ravilious is a geographic information systems technical officer at UNEP-WCMC, and Edmund P. Green is head of UNEP-WCMC's Marine and Coastal Programme.