Reefs are currently at risk around the world. Factors such as coastal development and rising ocean temperatures are making it increasingly difficult for reefs to survive.
Many scientists have studied the ecosystems services that coral reefs provide in terms of food, tourism, and biodiversity. However, their role in protecting people and infrastructure has not been rigorously quantified and thus has not been taken into account for their management and protection.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists have shown that along with providing food, tourism, and biodiversity, coral reefs also protect dollars and lives.