The Global Coral Disease Database (GCDD) Launched

The Global Coral Disease Database (GCDD)

The GCDD is an online database for coral disease information, providing interactive maps and dynamic statistics of world-wide coral disease distribution, highly customizable search options and a number of supporting functions, including guidance on survey methods. The database is user-driven, and users can upload, store and manage datasets by creating personal profiles. The site already contains more than 8500 separate disease records. The database was originally established in 2000 by NOAA and UNEP-WCMC, and was re-assessed in 2009 in light of the information needs and priorities of researchers, practitioners and managers working with coral disease. The new-look GCDD was launched in Samoa last week at the 25th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) (8-12 November, 2010). To visit the website, go to www.coraldisease.org.