[Coral-List] Monitoring ongoing Caribbean Bleaching

Mark Eakin Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov
Wed Nov 2 01:41:07 EST 2005

Reports continue to come in on the bleaching that is currently  
ongoing in the Caribbean.  The center of heat stress is continuing to  
expand southward, placing more corals at risk.

Please continue reporting bleaching events (or non-events) at http:// 

As groups continue to perform surveys on bleaching, it is important  
that we document areas that do not bleach.  These areas may be  
important in reef recovery throughout the region and programs have  
been developed by The Nature Conservancy and others to consider these  
areas where corals may be more resilient due to local factors,  
hydrodynamics, genetics, zooxanthellae clades, and other factors.  As  
bleaching events recur, documentation of potential resilience will  
become more and more important.


C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D.
NOAA Coral Reef Watch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Center for Satellite Applications and Research
Satellite Oceanography & Climate Division
e-mail: mark.eakin at noaa.gov
url: coralreefwatch.noaa.gov

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