[Coral-List] New NOAA Coral Reef Watch Tutorial

Mark Eakin Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov
Fri Mar 21 11:55:33 EDT 2008

Have you ever wondered how a satellite measures the temperature of  
the ocean surface from 850 km above the earth?  Still a little  
confused about the Degree Heating Weeks concept?  Need a refresher on  
bleaching thresholds?

NOAA Coral Reef Watch is pleased to announce an online tutorial that  
takes the reader through coral bleaching, satellite technology, and  
how we use satellite data to monitor for the conditions that cause  
bleaching.  You will also find hands-on exercises to test yourself on  
what you've learned, and also show you where to find data on our  

The main audience is coral reef managers and scientists, who need to  
know when corals they manage or study are at risk for bleaching.  
However, we have also tried to use non-technical language so the  
resource will be useful for students and teachers— or anyone else who  
wants to learn more about coral reefs and satellite technology. The  
lessons are tied to the U.S. National Science Education standards for  
use in the classroom.


We hope this will be a useful resource.  Please let us know if you  
have any questions or comments.  My thanks to Tyler Christensen at  
Coral Reef Watch for her great job putting this together.


C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D.
Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Watch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Center for Satellite Applications and Research
Satellite Oceanography & Climate Division
e-mail: mark.eakin at noaa.gov
url: coralreefwatch.noaa.gov

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