Potential Bleaching expands
Alan E Strong
Alan.E.Strong at noaa.gov
Sun Aug 19 00:53:06 EDT 2001
Susan -- Our SST time-series shown at link above appears to have
confirmed thermally what you have observed. SSTs inched slightly above
the max SST expected this summer but have still not exceeded this
threshold by more than a few tenths...if they move up to 29.8 (from our
satellite SSTs) the story might have been a bit more bleak.
Susan_White at FWS.GOV wrote:
> Hi Alan,
> Pretty good news from Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. I was
> there doing survey dives from Aug 6 - 10 and only saw one colony of
> Porites (sp.?) bleached at 70 ft. on the slope (south side) of the
> outside fringing reef. Lots of others in the vicinity of the colony
> weren't showing any signs of stress to speak of. No other signs of
> bleaching at any of the other sites we dove -- both inside and outside
> each of the lagoons.
> Susan White
> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
> National Wildlife Refuge System
> susan_white at fws.gov
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