Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Atlas of Coral Reefs...
The World Atlas of Coral Reefs provides a detailed and definitive account of their current status; their geography and biodiversity; as well as human uses of coral reefs and details of the threats to their existence. This wealth of authoritative and up-to-date information is accompanied by 85 full-page meticulously researched colour maps and more than 200 colour photographs illustrating reefs, reef animals and images taken by NASA astronauts on recent space shuttles. The book also provides figures on a country-by-country basis of the extent of the world’s reefs, which of them are under threat, and which are seriously endangered. The full-colour World Atlas of Coral Reefs will be a crucial resource for anyone interested in these fragile environments.
Prepared at the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, United Kingdom – UNEP’s office responsible for providing authoritative information on the condition of global biodiversity – the Atlas is a critical tool for scientists, students, policy makers and planners at local, national and international levels alike. Its authors and cartographer, Dr. Mark Spalding, Corinna Ravilious and Dr. Edmund Green, have provided a benchmark for the international conservation initiatives on reefs at risk around the world.