Reef Resilience

The Reef Resilience Curriculum has been designed to provide easy access to the latest science and strategies for managing coral reefs in a changing climate. The two, self-paced courses incorporate new climate and coral reef science, case studies, and management strategies that have been compiled in the online Reef Resilience toolkit. You may choose to complete individual lessons within each course. However, to receive a certificate of completion for Course 1 or Course 2, you must complete all lessons within each course and the assessment with a minimum score of 75%.

Acknowledgements: This online course was made possible with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation and the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.


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This course is designed to provide coral reef managers and practitioners with best practice guidance for common coral reef restoration techniques. Course topics include strategic planning for coral reef restoration, propagating corals for restoration through field-based, land-based, and larval-based approaches, enhancing and stabilizing physical reef structure, rapid restoration response after acute disturbances, and monitoring for restoration success. 

This mentored course features seven self-paced lessons, three webinars, online discussions, and direct access to leading coral reef restoration experts from around the world. Lessons are provided in both English and Spanish. 

Important NotesThe course will take approximately 10 hours to complete.

This self-paced online course is designed to help reef managers and practitioners understand how wastewater pollution threatens ocean and human health and what strategies and solutions are available to protect coastal environments. It also provides guidance on how to collaborate and communicate with stakeholders and engage with decision makers to mitigate wastewater pollution in the ocean. This course incorporates new science, case studies, and management practices described in the Wastewater Pollution Toolkit

Duration: 2 hours

This course is brought to you by the Reef Resilience Network in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, and the Ocean Sewage Alliance.

This course version is currently presented in French and Spanish. If you would like to take the Advanced course in English, please visit our Coral Reef Resilience course which was updated August 2021.

Duration: 9 hours

Pelatihan ini membantu pengelola kelautan memahami dan menggunakan penginderaan jauh dan teknologi pemetaan untuk memandu pengelolaan terumbu karang.

Este curso ayuda a los manejadores de recursos marinos a comprender y utilizar las tecnologías de detección remota y mapeo para orientar el manejo de los arrecifes.

Cette formation aidera les gestionnaires de l’environnement marin à mieux comprendre et utiliser les technologies de télédétection et de cartographie à des fins de gestion des récifs coralliens.

This course is designed to provide coral reef managers and practitioners with best practice guidance for common coral reef restoration techniques. This course includes six lessons that discuss strategic planning and decision-making for coral restoration, enhancing coral populations through gardening and larval propagation, restoring reef structure for coastal protection services, rapid restoration response after acute disturbances, and monitoring for restoration success. Lessons incorporate new science, case studies, and management practices described in the Reef Resilience Toolkit.

This course is designed to provide marine managers, conservation practitioners, scientists, decision makers, and GIS professionals with the necessary background to decide if remote sensing products can help in their conservation work, and which products are best suited to their needs. It highlights the Allen Coral Atlas, an exciting new online platform with high-resolution imagery and global benthic and geomorphic maps of the world’s coral reef habitats. The course also delves into fine-scale mapping of live coral cover to address conservation challenges in the Caribbean.

This course is designed to provide marine resource managers and practitioners with the necessary background to support coral reef resilience in the face of climate change. This course consists of six lessons that explore the ecology of coral reef ecosystems, the threats reefs face from climate change and people, the principles and attributes of social-ecological reef resilience, how to assess and monitor reefs for resilience, the concepts of resilience-based management, and the strategies available for managing reefs for resilience.