October 1, 2021
Global Reef Expedition: Global Reef Expedition Final Report
Publisher: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
Authors: Alexandra C. Dempsey, Amy Heemsoth, Katie Lubarsky, Liz Thompson, Mohammed Faisal, Renée D. Carlton, Samuel Purkis
Coral reefs offer a variety of ecosystem services, including sustenance, economic opportunities, and protection from natural disturbances, as well as playing an essential cultural role for thousands of communities. However, globally, the extent of the world's reefs is being degraded at an astounding rate. The coral reef crisis has led to substantial coral declines ranging from 40% in the Indo-Pacific to more than 80% coral loss in the Caribbean. To better understand the coral reef crisis, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) embarked on the Global Reef Expedition (GRE), the world's largest coral reef survey and high-resolution habitat mapping initiative, to assess the status of Earth's reefs during a period of time. Data collected on the expedition will help scientists and marine managers better understand the extent of the coral reef crisis and provide valuable baseline data that can be used in both local and large-scale conservation efforts.