COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) Science Workshop

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CORAL is hosting a workshop on 18 June 2016 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Please see below for more information from the CORAL team:

"The COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) is a three-year NASA Earth Venture Suborbital project to measure the condition of coral reefs and understand their relation to the environment. CORAL will use airborne spectral imaging to generate calibrated scientific data products and models describing reef condition, namely the composition, primary production, and calcification of the seafloor community. By using airborne measurements, CORAL is explicitly designed to provide complete survey coverage for a large number of individual, whole reef systems. The total will amount to 3–4% of the world's reef area. In situ data will be obtained to validate the remote sensing observations and derived products. Those products will be analyzed in the context of each reef's prevailing environmental conditions (physical, chemical, human). The CORAL investigation will focus on the reefs of Hawaii, Palau, the Mariana Islands, and portions of the Great Barrier Reef. Field campaigns are planned for 2016-2017. All CORAL data and products will be publicly available. For more information about CORAL, please visit the mission website It is currently a static page, but it will have much more content in the next few weeks.

The CORAL team would like to engage the wider reef science and management communities through a science workshop. We will present the algorithms and technology underpinning CORAL, and we hope to foster discussion about the science that CORAL will enable. The workshop will be held 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday June 18, 2016 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu. If you are interested, please add your name to the attendee list by sending your contact information to Stacy Peltier (stacy.peltier [at] We will send further details to attendees as the workshop approaches."