MERMAID (Marine Ecological Research Management Aid)

Transform your underwater insights into data-driven actions that save coral reefs

MERMAID aggregates and manages data on coral reef health - empowering scientists, communities, and governments in linking science to rapid action in marine conservation efforts.
For the first time, marine scientists can gather, analyze and share field-based reef surveys on an open-source platform that provides granular data.
MERMAID helps answer:
Is conservation working? Are reefs recovering? How can conservation efforts help reefs adapt to a changing climate?

MERMAID brings information and people together to protect coral reefs

Field-driven

MERMAID is powered by data collected and shared by scientists in the field and underwater, from coral reefs across the world.

Community-centric

MERMAID makes data accessible to coastal communities—empowering people with the knowledge to manage resources sustainably.

Human-centered

MERMAID encourages collaboration and the sharing of data, fueling discoveries and rapid action for reef protection.

MERMAID by the numbers

1065
Users
109
Organizations
2601
Coral reef sites
14
Countries

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Aggregate your observations directly onto the MERMAID platform—quickly, effectively and accurately.

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...and visualize it

Interact with the global MERMAID dashboard to get a snapshot of coral reef health around the globe.

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Reef Stories

Blog 23 Oct 2021

Breaking Down Barriers to Data Accessibility In the World’s Second Largest Reef System

WCS Technical Coordinator for Marine Research Myles Phillips talks about how MERMAID is making it easy to train the next generation of coral reef conservation leaders in Belize, how data in MERMAID is helping his team search for coral reef strongholds, and his hopes for truly adaptive management in Belize.

MERMAID is not only transformative for collecting and storing ecological data, but also facilitates the transdisciplinary research that is crucial for confronting the coral reef crisis.

Dr Josh Cinner
Distinguished Professor, ARC CoE, James Cook University, Australia

MERMAID works alongside tools like the Allen Coral Atlas to enable scientists to provide information on coral reefs to decision-makers in near real-time, helping us better protect reefs.

Dr Stacy Jupiter
Melanesia Regional Director, WCS

Coral reef monitoring in the past was a nightmare. MERMAID has literally saved us days of time – allowing us to push on more quickly to use the data to inform our work and decision-making.

Dominic Andradi-Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Marine Scientist, WWF

With MERMAID, the data are organized and cleaned, so shorter time for analyzing and faster result for decision making. Analyzing Reef Health data cannot be more enjoyable than this!

Amkieltiela Amkieltiela
Master of Sustainable Development student, KU Leuven, Belgium

MERMAID will be a critical tool in supporting ICRI’s efforts to help governments implement and measure progress towards meeting the ambitious goals and targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework.

Francis Staub
Global Coordinator, International Coral Reef Initiative

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