[Coral-List] New GCRMN Report: Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs after Bleaching and Hurricanes in 2005

Mark Eakin Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov
Thu Feb 14 19:47:34 EST 2008

2005 was one of the two hottest years since records started in 1880,  
and was the most damaging for coral reefs in the Caribbean.  
Abnormally high sea surface temperatures resulted in coral bleaching  
and mortality throughout the region, and there was record hurricane  
activity, including some particularly damaging storms.

Produced by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), this is  
a report from 70 coral reef scientists and managers documenting what  
happened to their coral reefs due to the warming and storms of 2005.  
This book documents the devastating effects on coral reefs of the  
Caribbean and Atlantic basins during the hottest year on record for  
the Northern Hemisphere.

The report is now available for download from
At this site you can download the full report (4.2MB) or individual  

You can also download the report from


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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