Palmyra NOTICE - Bleaching?

Gang Liu Gang.Liu at
Wed Sep 18 12:30:51 EDT 2002

Our satellite sea surface temperatures (SSTs) show that during the past
few days, SST at Palmyra has increased significantly and reached 30.6
deg C (about 2 deg C above the expected maximum monthly mean SST at

Our global SST and coral bleaching HotSpot animations show that the
center of an area of abnormally warm SSTs which has been lingering
around the equator just to the east of the International Dateline, has
expanded and moved eastward to cover the northern Line Islands,
including Palmyra.

At Palmyra, thermal stress is accumulating that might lead to a
bleaching event.


NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Project

 Gang Liu, Ph.D.
 NOAA Science Center, Rm 711
 5200 Auth Road
 Camp Springs, MD 20746

 Tel: 301-763-8176 ext 30
 Fax: 301-763-8108
 Email: Gang.Liu at

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