New Coral Reef Watch Publications: NOAA/NESDIS Technical Reports #142 and #143. Coral Reef Watch is pleased to announce the publication of two new technical reports in the NOAA/NESDIS Technical Report Series. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142, a product development plan for next-generation remote sensing products, is designed to assist the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program in identifying satellite remote sensing opportunities and planning for the application of these technologies to coral reef management. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 143 provides an overview of Coral Reef Watch's operational twice-weekly 50-km satellite coral bleaching thermal stress monitoring product suite, representing the program's heritage product suite and the core of Coral Reef Watch's Decision Support System for coral bleaching management for much of the last decade.
New: Current atmospheric average monthly CO2 concentration measured at the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii is now displayed as a widget on our home page to remind everyone of the rise in heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Click on the CO2 widget to see details.
New Release: Satellite Coral Bleaching Light Stress Damage Product - Caribbean
New Release: 5 km Satellite Coral Bleaching Thermal Stress Monitoring Products.
New Release: Probabilistic Seasonal Coral Bleaching Thermal Stress Outlook.
Wondering how to cite Coral Reef Watch products and methods in your publication? Please see our new citation recommendations.
We have expanded our Virtual Station network. Thanks to suggestions from our user community, we added 36 new stations. Several errors have also been corrected. Finally, check out our new Google Maps interface.
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Technical Memo, "Satellite Monitoring of Reef Vulnerability in a Changing Climate" is now available for free download.
A new experimental product has been added. The Florida Keys 7-Day Bleaching Weather Forecast combines National Weather Service marine forecasts for cloud cover and wind speed into a weekly bleaching weather index.
A new article on the massive Caribbean bleaching in 2005, co-authored by CRW scientists and many collaborators throughout the region, has been published in the PLoS ONE journal. More details in a NOAA press release and on our publications page.
High thermal stress for bleaching is predicted to continue throughout the southern Caribbean into early November. There is a chance for future stress in the western Pacific Ocean including Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia that may later propagate into eastern Indonesia and northern Australia. See current outlook.
Reef Resilience Webinar: Bleaching Outlook with Dr. Mark Eakin of the NOAA Coral Reef Watch Program.
There is a high potential for bleaching throughout the Caribbean and a potential of bleaching in the western Pacific Ocean including Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. See current outlook.
High potential for bleaching expected throughout the Caribbean and in the northwestern Pacific Ocean including Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. See current outlook.
Thermal stress now causing bleaching in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia expected to subside. High potential for bleaching developing in Caribbean and Marianas. See current outlook.
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Technical Memo, "Determining Thermal Capacitance for Protected Area Network Design in Palau," is now available.
A new report, co-authored by CRW scientists, details the impacts of climate change in the Caribbean. The report was prepared for the Copenhagen COP-15 conference, and can be downloaded from our publications page.
CRW 2001-present monthly, year-to-date, and annual composite products are now available.
The new experimental enhanced 50km product suite provides data up to the coastline, covering more than 99% of coral reef pixels. A new climatology corrects some errors in the operational products.
Two new experimenal products have been added. Light Stress Damage combines light and temperature to predict coral bleaching stress. Coral Disease Risk Maps pinpoint regions where temperature conditions set up a risk of outbreaks.
Our Bleaching Outlook indicates that the potential for coral bleaching in the Caribbean in 2009 has lessened. It appears unlikely that bleaching will be severe along the Pacific coast of Mexico and islands in the equatorial central Pacific Ocean either.
Our Bleaching Outlook indicates a significant potential for high thermal stress in the Caribbean in 2009, with concern in the central Pacific and near Japan.
Our Bleaching Outlook indicates a significant potential for high thermal stress in the Caribbean in 2009, with low level stress in the central Pacific and near Japan.
We are in the process of switching to a new website design. You will notice gradual changes to some web pages as we make implement and test the new design. Please be patient!
Our new twice-weekly satellite global Bleaching Alert Area Product is now available.
We have released our new Ocean Acidification Product Suite for the Caribbean. Graphs, data, maps, and animations are available from our Experimental Products page. See the NOAA press release for more details.
Our current Coral Bleaching Outlook (map and animation) has been updated to include a message about the potential threat for bleaching around Australia, Papua-New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
We have expanded our network of Virtual Stations from 24 to 190 locations worldwide. Graphs, data, and e-mail alerts are available from our Experimental Products page. See the NOAA press release for more details.
Our current Coral Bleaching Outlook map and animation are now available in the new version (V3.3) of our Google Earth product suite. Please check out our Google Earth product website for detail.
The NOAA Coral Reef Watch bleaching forecast system indicates that there will be some bleaching across the Caribbean this year, especially in the Windward Islands. Some bleaching is expected in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and in the western Pacific from Papua-New Guinea to Japan. See the experimental seasonal bleaching outlook page for more details.
A new NOAA coral bleaching prediction system indicates that there will be some bleaching in the Caribbean later this year, but bleaching will probably not be severe. There is a potential for widespread bleaching in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and some bleaching along the western Pacific around Papua-New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. See the NOAA press release or the experimental seasonal bleaching outlook page for more details.
The list of our Coral Bleaching Virtual Stations has expended from its original 24 reef sites to 57 reef sites in our near-real-time Google Earth Coral Bleaching Monitoring product.
17 coral scientists from 8 nations, including NOAA Coral Reef Watch coordinator Mark Eakin, say corals could begin to disappear in 50 to 75 years due to warming temperatures and increasing ocean acidification caused by carbon dioxide emissions. The findings of the GEF/World Bank group were published as the cover story in the peer-reviewed journal Science. See the NOAA press release for more details.
Our Virtual Station network is expanding! Thirty-six new stations, from Aruba to Zanzibar, are now available on the experimental products page. Time series charts and data, regional images, and Satellite Bleaching Alert e-mails are available for these experimental stations.
The time series data of CRW operational twice-weekly near-real-time SST, SST anomaly, Bleaching HotSpot, and Bleaching Degree Heating Weeks for 24 selected reef sites (CRW's virtual stations) around the globe are now available.
The OPeNDAP service that serves our HDF data for direct network link from CoastWatch software tool (CDAT) has not been available due to a technical problem. The time of availability remains to be determined. The HDF data are continuously available via our FTP and HTTP servers.
Our operational twice-weekly near-real-time satellite coral bleaching monitoring products are now updated during the mornings (U.S. Eastern Time) of every Monday and Thursday. Click here to see detail.
Version 0.2 of experimental satellite Doldrums monitoring product is now available
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