[Coral-List] GBR coral bleaching current conditions report No.2
G.Goby at gbrmpa.gov.au
Sun Jan 15 19:24:16 EST 2006
Dear Coral- listers,
/The Climate Change Response Programme provides regular reports on
conditions on the Great Barrier Reef throughout summer and publishes
early warnings of increases in levels of stress or widespread bleaching
of corals. The second Current Conditions Report for the summer of
2005/06 is available on the GBRMPA website.
Based on current conditions and climate predictions for the summer of
2005/06, *the* *threat of widespread coral bleaching
for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) region is currently rated as moderate*.
Regional sea temperatures in the southern GBR currently exceed (1 - 1.5
degrees C) long-term January averages, while central and northern GBR
waters have cooled to around average since December 2005 (ReefTemp
Temperatures at most monitoring stations show cooling in the last couple
of weeks and are near expected for this time of year (Reef Futures
<http://www.reeffutures.org/topics/bleach.cfm>). Additionally, regional
sea temperatures are either at or have slightly (0.5 degrees C) exceeded
expected summer maxima (NOAA HotSpot map). There have been a few minor
reports of coral bleaching.
For the full current conditions report please visit the GBRMPA website
on the link below:
For more information on climate change or coral bleaching please visit
the GBRMPA website at:
Climate Change Response Program
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
Townsville, Qld 4810
Ph: 07 4750 0762
Fax: 07 4772 6093
Email: g.goby at gbrmpa.gov.au
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