[Coral-List] Caribbean Heating Up?

Eduardo Cuevas ecuevas at pronatura-ppy.org.mx
Thu May 26 13:36:51 EDT 2005

Hello to all,

My name is Eduardo Cuevas from Yucatán, Mexico.

I´m not a coral specialist, however, we have a project in which we are
characterizing the foraging habitat of the whale shark in the Yucatán
Peninsula, in the Mexican Caribbean. Our study are comprises an
upwelling in the north-east corner of the Yucatan Peninsula and we
recorded an increase in the SST of two grades centigrade respect to
April. My question is if this number could have any relationship with
this warm up you are talking about?

I would expect that the zone were is the upwelling would be cooler as we
approach to the summer when it is suppose to come grate amounts of water
from the sea bottom.

Best regards,

Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan

-----Mensaje original-----
De: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] En nombre de Laurie
Enviado el: Jueves, 26 de Mayo de 2005 11:17 a.m.
Para: Alan E Strong
CC: Coral List; Dr. William Skirving; Dr. Mark Eakin; Roger B Griffis
Asunto: Re: [Coral-List] Caribbean Heating Up?

Hi Al et al. - we have notice here in the Florida Keys that black band
is popping up a month earlier than usual.  It is positively correlated
warm SST. This might be a bad year for our reefs in terms of disease.

Alan E Strong wrote:

> We are presently watching the Caribbean begin its 2005 summer warm-up
> the most southern reaches of this Sea....
> So far, for this time in late May, the thermal stress appears to be
> building up at an unprecedented rate.  This is since we have been
> watching HotSpots and DHWs evolve (since 1997)....stay tuned....
> Reports appreciated....our Automated Satellite Bleaching Alerts (SBAs)
> scheduled to begin this summer!!
> Regards,
> Al Strong
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