ESRI Awards Story Map on Coral Reefs

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Feb 22, 2017


ESRI Awards Story Map on Coral Reefs

GRID-Arendal won the Most Creative Map prize at the ESRI User Conference in Oslo for their Story Map on human dependence on coral reefs. The Story Map, “Endangered Reefs, Threatened People,” was based on SESYNC-supported research that found ocean acidification and rising temperatures may threaten the livelihoods of a large number of people living in coastal areas. 

Coral reefs provide a home for fish and other seafood. They also provide medicines and protect coastlines from waves and erosion. 

The Story Map highlights research developed with SESYNC’S computational resources, showing areas in the world that get the most benefit from corals and are the most vulnerable to reef damage from ocean acidification. For example, almost 4 million fishers depend on corals in Southeast Asia. 

The map was created by Levi Westerveld at GRID-Arendal, as well as Linwood Pendleton, at Duke University, who led the SESYNC research article. 

See the Story Map on GRID-Arendal’s website. For more information on Pendleton’s research at SESYNC, see the team's website: Using Spatial Data and Analysis to Understand the Human Impacts of Ocean Acidification.



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SESYNC's mission is to support synthetic, actionable team science on the structure, functioning and sustainability of socio-environmental systems. The center’s five core objectives are to: enhance the effectiveness of interdisciplinary collaborations among natural and social science research teams focused on environmental problems; build capacity and new communities of socio-environmental researchers; provide education programs to enhance interdisciplinarity and understanding of socio-environmental synthesis; enhance computational capacity to promote socio-environmental synthesis; and enhance relevance of socio-environmental research to decisions and behaviors via actionable scholarship. For more information on SESYNC and its activities, please visit

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