Potential Bleaching expands
john.naughton at noaa.gov
Thu Aug 16 15:48:11 EDT 2001
Good news from Palau. I just returned last night. We saw no indication of
bleaching, at least in the areas where we dove. I also talked to a number of
the dive charter guides and they have seen nothing of significance as yet.
Also, the temperatures are normal at approx 83 F. Very unlike further north
in the Northern Marianas where we observed bleaching last month, and water
temps of 85 to 87 F, as I reported earlier.
John naughton wrote:
> I'll be conducting surveys in Palau in conjunction with the US Coop.
> Agency Team for the Palau Compact Road Project, Aug 6-15. Will keep an
> eye open for potential bleaching, from the inner lagoon areas to the outer
> barrier reef face.
> Keep you posted. Aloha, John
> John Naughton
> Pacific Islands Area Office
> NMFS, Honolulu
> Alan E Strong wrote:
> > NOTICE:
> > >From our HotSpot charts and Bleaching Indices that updated overnight,
> > using information our satellite obtained during the past weekend, we
> > observe the following changes in the present bleaching situation:
> > *Okinawa -- increased SSTs (approaching 32 deg C in some areas)
> > Saipan/Guam -- staying more to the north in the Northern Mariana's
> > Midway - still showing signs of development from the west
> > Palmyra - new area just west of the Line Islands
> > Bahamas - SSTs increasing to the west of Great Exuma over the Bank
> > http://psbsgi1.nesdis.noaa.gov:8080/PSB/EPS/SST/dhw_news.html
> > http://psbsgi1.nesdis.noaa.gov:8080/PSB/EPS/SST/climohot.html
> > Feedback appreciated...
> > AES
> > --
> > **** <>< ******* <>< ******* <>< ******* <>< *******
> > Alan E. Strong
> > Phys Scientist/Oceanographer
> > NOAA/NESDIS/ORA/ORAD -- E/RA3
> > NOAA Science Center -- RM 711W
> > 5200 Auth Road
> > Camp Springs, MD 20746-4304
> > Alan.E.Strong at noaa.gov
> > 301-763-8102 x170
> > FAX: 301-763-8108
> > http://orbit-net.nesdis.noaa.gov/orad
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