The ALA is excited to announce a new project to incorporate data on Australian coral, in collaboration with Dr. J. E. N. ‘Charlie’ Veron. Dr Veron’s data will include species and location records for corals in all Australian waters as well as photos. Additional information on habitat, abundance and species characteristics will also be made available through the ALA website. The taxonomic coverage is comprehensive at species level.
Charlie Veron is best known as the author of the three volume Corals of the World. He is also the senior author of the major electronic products Coral ID and Coral Geographic. He is the author of 100 scientific articles and the former Chief Scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He has described 20% of all coral species of the world and now concentrates on conservation and the effects of climate change on coral reefs.
The ALA expects to make these datasets available by about September 2011.