SSTs on the Rise - W. Australia

Alan E. Strong Alan.E.Strong at
Tue Jan 4 15:37:54 EST 2000

SSTs on the Rise -- HotSpots develop off
Western Australia

With La Nina conditions holding on over much
of the tropical oceans, SSTs around Australia

have been moving up dramatically off the SW
and W coastline

Being summer, temperature levels exceed the
normal maximum values expected during this
time of year -- hence "HotSpots" are depicted
where these elevations exceed 1 deg C
and bleaching is usually observed.

Our new experimental charts that attempt to
accumulate thermal stress over coral reefs
can be found at:

This page will update twice each week and as
levels approach 8-10 degree heating weeks
potential coral mortality occurs.
Scientists/reef experts are encouraged to
fill out our feedback
forms provided at this NOAA WebSite to help
us with this development and monitoring work

Another region of SST increase and associated
HotSpots, we are watching, can be seen around

much of Papua New Guinea.

A. E. Strong.

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  NOAA Science Center -- RM 711W
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  Camp Springs, MD 20746-4304
        Alan.E.Strong at
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