Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coral Reef Mapped

                The first Coral Atlas of the State, prepared by the Gujarat Ecology Commission was released on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The Atlas, which maps corals along the state’s 1,660-km coastline, throws new light on the existence of corals in areas outside the Gulf of Kutch, notably off the coasts of Valsad and scattered areas off Saurashtra. The Atlas is based on thematic maps of the Coral reefs and reveals the latest figures on the reefs.

The Atlas not only gives figures for the coral reefs in the state but also gives details of the habitat scenario of each of these reefs. The Atlas has been prepared with technical assistance from Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Application and Geo-Informatics (BISAG), after the maps were procured from the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA). The Atlas is a baseline study and much more work could be carried out on mapping of corals, especially those found for from the coast and in deep sea.