Reef Resilience Curriculum

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Welcome! 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%.

To begin one of the courses below, click the blue “Enter” button beneath the course description.

Course 1 and Course 2 are available in English, French, and Spanish.

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Course 1 - Introduction to Coral Reef Resilience

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of coral reef resilience. Through three separate lessons you will learn about the value of coral reefs, local and global stressors causing reef decline, ecological and social resilience and how managers are working to build the resilience of coral reefs.

Course Audience: This course is designed for conservation managers, students, policy makers, and the general public.

Approximately 1 hour

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Course 2: Advanced Studies in Coral Reef Resilience

This course is designed to provide coral reef managers and practitioners in-depth guidance on managing for resilience. This course provides a comprehensive discussion of local and global stressors affecting coral reefs, guidance for identifying coral reef resilience, design principles for resilient MPA networks, methods for implementing resilience assessments, and introduces important communication tools for managers.

Approximately 9 hours


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

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation ProgramMacAurthur Foundation