[Coral-List] Caribbean Heating Up

Mark Eakin Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov
Tue Aug 22 16:52:57 EDT 2006

Above normal temperatures are continuing throughout much of the  
Caribbean.  While much lower than this time last year, we have  
bleaching watch status at all of our Index Sites in the Caribbean  
region except Sombrero Reef in the Florida Keys where a bleaching  
warning has been issued, and at Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas which  
has no stress.

NOAA Coral Reef Watch Satellite Bleaching products (HotSpot and  
Degree Heating Week charts) for the Caribbean show that warming is  
present across most of the region.  However, most temperatures are  
below the bleaching threshold (maximum monthly mean +1 degree C) and  
most Degree Heating Week accumulation is located off the Gulf Coast  
of Florida.

Our 24 index sites around the globe can be found at:
Current HotSpot and Degree Heating Week charts, HDF data, and  
GoogleEarth products can be found at:

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


C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 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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