[Coral-List] New experimental Coral Reef Watch products for coral disease and bleaching

Mark Eakin Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov
Wed Sep 30 13:49:20 EDT 2009

We are pleased to announce two completely new experimental data  
products.  Because these products are very new, we are currently  
restricting access to collaborators involved in product evaluation. If  
you would like to work with us on either of these projects, please e- 
mail coralreefwatch at noaa.gov to request access.

Risk maps for coral disease outbreaks, based on satellite sea surface  
temperature data, will help managers and researchers pinpoint areas at  
high risk.  The maps currently cover the Great Barrier Reef and the  
Hawaiian archipelago.


The second product measures the “Light Stress Damage” that causes  
coral bleaching and mortality, combining satellite measurements of  
temperature and light.  This product is currently available for the  
Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Gulf of California regions.


We always welcome your comments and input at coralreefwatch at noaa.gov.



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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