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Prof Alan E Strong strong at
Thu Jan 9 11:04:43 EST 1997

NESDIS inaugurates new experimental AVHRR "HotSpot" Chart for 
NOAA's Coral Reef Initiative

	6 JAN 1997 - Notes:

This chart shows a difference map between the present satellite-derived 
SSTs from AVHRR and the climatological MAXIMUM monthly mean 
for the entire year.  Where these differences exceed 1 deg C, bleaching is
expected.  Areas highlighted in either hemisphere denote surface waters 
where these "hotspots" exist...when they overlie coral reefs bleaching 
should be suspected.

We encourage feedback on this special product that has helped kick-off 
the International Year of the Reef [IYOR].

At this time the only bleaching potential appears to be along the northern 
coast of Australia and possibly around Papua New Guinea.


We encourage your comments......

Physical Scientist/Oceanographer          	Adj. Asst. Professor 
NOAA/NESDIS/ORA/ORAD -- E/RA3 				US Naval Academy
  NOAA Science Center -- RM 711                    Oceanography Department
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