FIJI - Bleaching Alert

Alan E Strong Alan.E.Strong at
Thu Mar 1 10:34:20 EST 2001


Now that we have gotten one week's worth of new, improved SSTs from our
new polar orbiting satellite (NOAA-16), indications from our comparisons
to SSTs expected at this time of year around Fiji are that bleaching may
be underway.  SSTs (see link above) are nearly +1.5 deg C ABOVE the
maximum expected during the warmest time of the year...what we have seen
to date is even more elevated than what had occurred last year at this
time when extensive bleaching was reported (mostly to the south).

Confirmation info is sought...please use our reporting form:


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Alan E. Strong
Phys Scientist/Oceanographer
  NOAA Science Center -- RM 711W
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  Camp Springs, MD 20746-4304
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