[Coral-List] Bleaching in Florida Keys

Bill Raymond billraymond10 at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 9 13:59:40 EDT 2015

Along with Gene's temperature data request from the Keys, does anyone have solar monitoring data to show extra uv radiation. October has been a heavy month in the past, right before bleaching events, e.g. in 2006. It seem like bleaching may be due to a visible light phenomenon, rather than UV, which doesn't penetrate as deep as visible light. In Tortola in 2005 bleaching penetrated 60 feet, into cooler water. And no bleaching occurred in a warm lagoon in a mangrove shadedBeef Island Flamingo reserve. Every data point is anecdotal. 

     On Friday, October 9, 2015 1:14 PM, Eugene Shinn <eugeneshinn at mail.usf..edu> wrote:

       I have been following the developing bleaching events unfolding in 
the Florida Keys. When I was in the keys for the month of July water was 
warm but I observed no bleaching. Nedimyer’s transplanted /Acropora 
cervicornis/ at Carysfort was doing just fine at that time. Now we are 
hearing about bleaching in the media, and from NOAA.Does anyone have 
underwater thermograph data that provides water temperature data for the 
keys reef areas for July through August and September? Gene


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