CoralWatch is a not-for-profit citizen science program based at The University of Queensland working with volunteers worldwide to increase understanding of coral reefs, coral bleaching and climate change. CoralWatch developed the Coral Health Chart in 2002. The chart standardises changes in coral colours, and provides a simple way for people to quantify coral health and contribute to the CoralWatch global database.
The goals of the CoralWatch Coral Health Chart Distinctive Specialty course training are:
To raise awareness about the importance of coral reef conservation and introduce CoralWatch.
To inform students about coral reef impacts such as coral bleaching.
To introduce the Coral Health Chart as a monitoring tool.
To provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify coral health and record data.
To enable students to plan, organize and execute a coral health chart survey in a safe manner for both students and the environment.
To emphasise the importance of Coral Health Chart monitoring activities and provide coral reef conservation opportunities through participation in Project AWARE’s CoralWatch Project.
To submit coral health data, contributing to science and conservation.
Minimum 4 dives on the marine eco expedition to South & St. Johns, Red Sea, Egypt for one week diving safari trip.