GCRMN strengthening 2017-2020.

In 2017-2020 a programme is proposed under ICRI to strengthen the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN). The process will implement standards developed under the Global Ocean Observing System and GEOBON’s Working Group 5 on Oceans. Click on the below links to access Parts A and B of the questionnaire.

Fill Part A only once, but Part B for as many variables as you would like to nominate.

 “GCRMN questionnaire Part A            GCRMN questionnaire Part B





The approach focuses on selecting key variables, improving standards for measuring and aggregating them, and reporting them (making them available) to relevant end-users in management and policy circles.

A Town Hall Meeting will be held at the International Coral Reef Symposium titled “Coral reef reporting – from science to policy” (joined with a workshop on Conservation Evidence) on 22 June 2016 – 19:30-21:30; Room 301B, at which this will be discussed and ideas sought from ICRS participants on immediate priorities with respect to the most important coral reef variables for global monitoring.

A two-part questionnaire has been developed on google forms (see links above), to collect some preliminary information prior to ICRS. This two-part survey seeks to gather information on the next generation of variables we should be reporting from coral reefs. The information gathered will be used to strengthen the GCRMN.  More information on the initiative will be made available at this page over time.

Responses entered before 15 June 2016 will be included in the ICRS Town Hall meeting, but the survey will be kept open after that until 31 July 2016.


Part A will take about 10 minutes to complete:

  1. Personal information and involvement in GCRMN
  2. Your assessment of components of the GCRMN as concept/pilot/mature
  3. Data sharing and use
  4. Open comments/suggestions

Part B should be filled multiple times for as many variables as you would like to respond on. It may take 5-10 minutes per variable:

  1. Identify potential Essential Variables (EVs) for coral reefs, indicating the current status of their observing systems.

If there are questions you do not wish to answer, leave them empty and continue to the next.

A partially completed survey is still useful.

“For any enquiries or further suggestions, write to gcrmn@cordioea.net with “GCRMN coral reef essential variables” in the Subject”.


See the following links for further information:

GOOS Biodiversity and Ecosystems Panelhttp://www.ioc-goos.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=399&Itemid=100206&lang=en)

GEOBON WG 5 on Oceanshttp://geobon.org/working-groups/working-group-5-marine-ecosystem-change/