GBR - Early signs of Bleaching

Alan E Strong Alan.E.Strong at
Thu Jan 10 13:19:00 EST 2002


- Great Barrier Reef shows first signs of bleaching -

Today NOAA has issued a press release:

discussing a possible El Nino event that may be in the making for later
this year.
At the beginning of this week Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Authority (GBRMPA) issued a news release noting that: "A collaborative
research program between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
(GBRMPA), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the US
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has detected
unusually warm water conditions on the Great Barrier Reef, conditions
which could lead to coral bleaching."  Their WebSite information can be
seen at:

and our latest HotSpots and Degree Heating Weeks for that area are found

The GBRMPA news release notes: "Coral bleaching expert, Professor Ove
Hoegh-Guldberg from the University of Queensland, has already observed
early signs of bleaching on the GBR." - Heron Island -

The only other areas presently threatened by bleaching at this time,
based on
our HotSpot and DHW charts are in the vicinity of Papua New Guinea and
Samoa (including American Samoa - where the NOAA Marine Sanctuary
Director notes some paling has been observed within the past week).

AE Strong
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Alan E. Strong
Acting Chief, Oceanic Research & Applications Division
Team Leader, Marine Applications Science Team (MAST)
Phys Scientist/Oceanographer
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  Oceanographer/Team Leader
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  Alan E. Strong, Ph. D.
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