Satellite Coral Bleaching Monitoring Datasets
(Google Earth Format)

Product Package for Google Earth
Current images of Bleaching Alert Areas, DHW, HotSpot, SST anomaly, SST, Doldrum regions, Bleaching Outlook, Virtual Stations, Sea Surface Carbonate Chemistry, and more Version 8.0.0 (4 April 2014)
(kmz file; compressed: 1 KB)
Note: If you currently are a user of V3.2 or higher, you just need to refresh or relaunch Google Earth on your computer and don't need to download this new version manually.
Current images of new experimental enhanced suite of Bleaching Alert Areas, DHW, HotSpot, SST anomaly, and SST Version 1.0
(30 October 2009)

(kmz file; compressed: 1 KB)
 
Annual maximum, mean, and minimum composites
(composites of CRW twice-weekly near-real-time 50-km Bleaching Alert Area, DHW, HotSpot, SST and SST Anomaly products)
Version 1.0
(22 April 2010)

(kmz file; compressed: 1 KB)

To learn more about these products, please go to the methodology web page.
 

Degree Heating Weeks icon Now, Google Earth can be used to view NOAA Coral Reef Watch's satellite coral bleaching monitoring products. Our products available for Google Earth are listed in the tables above. For most of our Google Earth products, users can display them in Google Earth on their computers by a simple mouse click. No software installation is needed (except for the Google Earth software). For our online-version Google Earth products, internet access is required to bring the images onto Google Earth for display. For our offline-version products, users can download complete packages containing both program files and then images and the products can be displayed without live internet connection. See the instructions below for how to display our products on Google Earth.

Instructions:

  1. Download and install Google Earth on your computer. Google Earth is free and available at http://earth.google.com/. For the Coral Reef Watch products posted on this page, Google Earth Plus and Google Earth Pro are not required.
  2. Some of our products are available as an online-version and some as an offline-version. See (a) or (b) below for corresponding instructions.

      (a) For an online-version of our Google Earth products, simply click on the link in the Package column and Google Earth will be launched with the product imported. In some browsers, users will first be prompted to use Google Earth to open the file. In case Google Earth is not launched in this simple manner, users will usually be prompted to save a zip file. Save it in a desired directory on your computer and uncompress the zip file. (In rare cases the file will be saved with a .kmz extension. If this happens, simply rename it by changing the extension from .kmz to .zip and then uncompress the zip file.) Double-click on the unzipped .kml file and Google Earth will be launched. Or, launch Google Earth first; on the menu bar, click on 'File' then 'Open,' then select a Coral Reef Watch .kml file.

      (b) For an offline-version of our products, click on the package link to download the program package in compressed (zip) format and uncompress the zip file. Double-click on the unzipped .kml file and Google Earth will be launched. Or, launch Google Earth first; on the menu bar, click on 'File' then 'Open,' then select a Coral Reef Watch .kml file.

  3. In the 'Place' panel on the left side of the Google Earth window, find the Coral Reef Watch product folder under 'Temporary Places.' Open the product folder by clicking on the right-facing arrow next to it to view the subfolders and data layers. Click on the box(es) next to the desired subfolder(s) and data layer(s) to display them in the earth viewing window. We recommend that only one Coral Reef Watch monitoring product data layer be displayed at a time. Click here to see a sample.
  4. Click on the name of a Coral Reef Watch product folder in the 'Place' panel to view the detailed description of the product. Click here to see a sample.


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