Pacific Coral Reef Institute

SO CORAIL : the New Website Launched!

HomeIn May, the new Service d’Observation (SO CORAIL) website was launched. The SO CORAIL is a multi-faceted scientific monitoring program established by the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE) more than 40 years ago to detect the temporal fluctuations on the coral reefs of South Pacific. Today, the SO CORAIL database is an incredible resource for researchers at the CRIOBE, and for our collaborators around the world.



A User-friendly Interface

The new website, created by a team of technicians at the CRIOBE, boasts a user-friendly interface, stronger search capabilities allowing for better access to specific dataset, and the ability for data to be sorted by geography. In addition, the new site provides interactive maps which allow for another means of accessing datasets.

Three different means to access the datasets:geography

1/ by geography: more than ten French Polynesian islands and five in the South Pacific neighbourg island States.

2/ by monitoring programs: six current programs in the South Pacific area.

3/ by monitored parameters: five biological and nine physico-chimical parameters

Strong Partnerships

The observation Service CORAIL developed strong partnerships through the South Pacific,with for instance gouvernment services,  NGO, universities or institutes and it is part of the international networks Long Term Ecological Research Network(NSF) and  Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (Réseau Polynesia Mana). It is our hope that in current or futures partnerships, this service and the tools developed in association with this resource will help to advance the field of coral reef ecology, specifically with respect to how reefs change through time.

The Observation Service CORAIL is part of the national observation services of the Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers(INSU) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).For this, all datasets are available to the scientific community and the civil society.

To access the raw data please contact Joachim Claudet (

The english version of the website will be soon available

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