[Coral-List] Potential for Bleaching Growing around Florida, Cuba, and Bahamas
elizabeth.brill at mac.com
Mon Jul 16 13:41:48 EDT 2007
You asked for comments from out and about. . . .
I've just spent three and a half weeks out on San Salvador in the
Bahamas snorkelling and diving, primarily off the west coast. We saw
virtually no bleaching. Just a couple of stray colonies.
Elizabeth R. Brill
10481 South Road
Corning, New York 14830-3200
elizabeth at beadsofglass.com
On Jul 16, 2007, at 12:01 PM, Mark Eakin wrote:
> Since last Wednesday, 11 July, our Sombrero Reef virtual station has
> been in Bleaching Warning status (http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/
> satellite/current/sst_series_sombrero_cur.html). That pixel is
> actually on the Bay side of the Keys because of the influence that
> warm, often hypersaline, waters have on the reef tract in that area.
> The rise in temperatures agrees with on site observations from
> scientists including Libby Johns who reported high water temperatures
> and salinities near Looe Key. This agrees with NOAA's Integrated
> Coral Observing Network (ICON) data from Sombrero Reef and other
> Florida Keys sites. Current temperatures at the Sombrero Reef
> SEAKEYS station (SMKF1) are the highest since 2005. The Florida Bay
> region and eastern Gulf of Mexico are currently experiencing doldrum
> conditions that may be contributing to the warm, hypersaline waters.
> Looking at the experimental Florida Reef Tract page or our Google
> Earth data, it is clear that all of the waters around the Florida
> reef areas are at least under a Bleaching Watch. The Sombrero Reef
> virtual station (Florida Reef pixel #2) is the only pixel that has
> reached Bleaching Warning in the area.
> Our virtual station in Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas has been showing
> positive Coral Bleaching HotSpot values (Watch or Warning status)
> since late June.
> Please note that we have not yet issued a bleaching alert, as the
> Degree Heating Weeks value for Sombrero Reef is only at 1.3. An
> alert will be issued if the temperature reaches 4.0.
> We would appreciate any information on bleaching from the area.
> Coral Reef Watch Resources:
> Experimental Florida Reef Tract page (http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/
> Google Earth data (http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/ge/
> Experimental Doldrums Product: http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/
> 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:
> NOAA's Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON) for the Caribbean
> Please reporting any bleaching events (or non-events) at
> 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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