[Coral-List] Thermal Stress at Puerto Rico

Gang Liu Gang.Liu at noaa.gov
Tue Nov 4 09:13:26 EST 2003

Thermal Stress at Puerto Rico

With anomalously high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) developing over
most of the Caribbean Sea since late August
the SST at Puerto Rico has maintained above the summertime maximum
monthly mean SST since August and around the level of bleaching
threshold since late September.

Our satellite monitoring shows that the thermal stress is still
lingering around the bleaching threshold at Puerto Rico. Accumulated
thermal stress at Puerto Rico has now reached a level of 3.7 Degree
Heating Weeks. http://www.osdpd.noaa.gov/PSB/EPS/SST/dhw_retro.html.

Mild bleaching has been observed at some locations in the area since
September. If the area experiences a sustained thermal stress for any
longer period of time, widespread bleaching may be expected. However, at
a time this late in the season, any new bleaching event is not expected
to last long.

Any feedback you can provide is useful: both bleaching and non-bleaching
observations are welcome. Please send the feedback to Alan Strong
(Alan.E.Strong at noaa.gov) and/or Gang Liu (Gang.Liu at noaa.gov). Users are
also encouraged to use the NOAA/ReefBase collaborative online bleaching
report form to send input to our bleaching database. The form is
available at http://www.reefbase.org/input/bleachingreport/index.asp

Coral Reef Watch Project

November 3, 2003

 Gang Liu, Ph.D.
 Senior Research Scientist/Oceanographer
 (STG, Inc.)
 NOAA Coral Reef Watch Program
 SSMC1, #5307
 1335 East-West Highway
 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226

 Tel: 301-713-9386 ext 131
 Fax: 301-713-3136
 Email: Gang.Liu at noaa.gov

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