[Coral-List] Kiribatis Bleaching Event

Alan E Strong Alan.E.Strong at noaa.gov
Thu Feb 10 21:18:03 EST 2005


The above link shows you NOAA's most recent thermal stress 
accumulations, Degree Heating Weeks (DHWs), that have zeroed in on the 
Kiribatais these past several months.  Levels are excessive, > 10, as 
the maximum levels sit on the equator right over the Kiribatais, 
indicating potentially high levles of mortality.  The good news is that 
finally this feature is subsiding as it evolves into the South Pacific.  
Let's hope this trend continues.  This appears to be the most agressive 
thermal anomaly east of the Date Line associated with yet another 
irregular but otherwise weak El Nino - also apparently on the wane.

Al Strong
Satellite coordinator for NOAA's Coral Reef Watch

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