[Coral-List] Areas of Potential Bleaching in Caribbean
smiller at gate.net
Tue Sep 26 17:27:17 EDT 2006
Why don't we coral-listers start using the word "heating" instead of
warming, as suggested by James Lovelock and probably others too. It's a
simple change that better describes the negative consequences of the
phenomenon. Warming sounds like a good thing. Heating, maybe not.
Mark, maybe you can get NOAA to adopt this terminology?
Mark Eakin wrote:
>Warming continues in the area around the northern Lesser Antilles.
>While it looks like the Florida Keys has probably dodged the bullet
>this year, there is a strong potential for low-level bleaching in the
>northeastern Caribbean this year. We have begun to accumulate Degree
>Heating Weeks in most of this region. The good news is that we have
>only now reached the level of temperature stress that we had reached
>by early August in 2005. That means that it is highly unlikely that
>we will accumulate substantial thermal stress before temperatures
>begin to cool.
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