The degradation of coral reefs has become an issue of global concern. Assessment of the status of coral reefs worldwide requires more empirical information on the location and extent of these biologically and economically important resources. In this paper, the authors propose an international program to mobilize technological resources in support of a Global Inventory of Coral Reefs (GICOR). Remotely sensed data of different spectral and spatial resolutions, including satellite, airplane, ship and submersible borne sensors would be combined with that of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and other sources to produce national, regional and global reports of coral reef extent and status to the degree necessary for specific management action.
Toward a global inventory of coral reefs (GICOR): Remote sensing, international cooperation and ReefBase
McManus, J.W., Noordelos, M. (1998)
p. I-83-I-89. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Remote Sensing of the Marine Environment, San Diego, Ca.