Coral Reef Watch

Coral Reef Watch Official page of NOAA's Coral Reef Watch. We will post bleaching and research updates, and re-post climate and coral news from around NOAA.

Would you like to lead the next exciting phase of Coral Reef Watch’s program? NOAA is recruiting:Oceanographer ZP-1360-4...
08/06/2020
Oceanographer, ZP-1360-4 (MAP)

Would you like to lead the next exciting phase of Coral Reef Watch’s program? NOAA is recruiting:
Oceanographer ZP-1360-4, Closes: 8/19/2020

NSDIS-STAR-2020-0009 (MAP) https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/575508400
NSDIS-STAR-2020-0010 (DE) https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/575508100

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), Center for Satellite Applications and Research - Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD), with one vacancy in College P...

Severe #CoralBleaching continues in N. Arabian Sea and expands in South China Sea. Myanmar, N. Vietnam and Hong Kong now...
08/04/2020

Severe #CoralBleaching continues in N. Arabian Sea and expands in South China Sea. Myanmar, N. Vietnam and Hong Kong now at Alert Level 2.

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
07/23/2020

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

It’s a new era in coral reef remote monitoring! Learn more about Coral Reef Watch’s next-generation daily global 5km satellite monitoring of the coral reef environment https://go.usa.gov/xf9P3

Coral Reef Watch has been a proud part of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program since its inception. Learn more about...
07/15/2020

Coral Reef Watch has been a proud part of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program since its inception. Learn more about #NOAACoral20th in this new 2-minute video https://go.usa.gov/xfTy7

We’ve been working to conserve coral reefs for 20 years. How do we do it? Find the answer in our new 20th anniversary video! https://go.usa.gov/xfTy7 #NOAACoral20th

07/14/2020
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

January-June global land and ocean surface temperature was +1.93°F (1.07°C) above average—the second-warmest such period on record, leading to wide-spread #coralbleaching in a non-El Niño year: http://bit.ly/Global202006 #StateOfClimate

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for June 2020 was +1.66°F (+0.92°C), tying with 2015 as the third-highest June temperature on record. January-June global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.93°F (1.07°C) above average—the second-warmest such period on record. Learn more: http://bit.ly/Global202006

#CoralBleaching Alert Level 2 conditions now in band across Northern Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, South China Sea.
07/14/2020

#CoralBleaching Alert Level 2 conditions now in band across Northern Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, South China Sea.

Northern hemisphere reefs starting to heat up as a result of high global temperatures. Reef sites in India, Indonesia, M...
05/22/2020

Northern hemisphere reefs starting to heat up as a result of high global temperatures. Reef sites in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and American Samoa have reached #CoralBleaching Alert Level 2. With no El Niño, patchy bleaching conditions are being driven by global warming alone.

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
05/22/2020

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

It’s time for Coral Reef Watch to say “Farewell” to its twice-weekly 50km global monitoring products, which have helped NOAA predict bleaching events for over 20 years: https://go.usa.gov/xvFjB

But it’s time for something new. Coral Reef Watch now produces daily 5km global monitoring products, which allow NOAA to forecast coral bleaching events quicker and with a higher resolution. Check it out: https://go.usa.gov/xvFjc

05/14/2020
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

It was the second warmest April on record with a global land and ocean surface temperature 1.91°F (1.06°C) above the 20th-century average. The January-to-April global land and ocean surface temperature was also the second warmest for the period at 2.05°F (1.14°C) above average. Learn more: https://bit.ly/Global202004

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
05/14/2020

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

JUST OUT: How are coral reefs in the U.S. doing? We have released status reports for Florida, Puerto Rico, USVI, & Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more here: https://go.usa.gov/xvFu4 #NOAACoral20th
Coral Reef Watch, NOAA Fisheries Service, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

04/14/2020
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

March 2020 was the second warmest March on record -- and without an El Niño.

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for March 2020 was the second highest on record for the month of March at 2.09°F (1.16°C) above average. March Arctic sea ice extent was 4.2% below average—the 11th smallest extent on record for the month of March. Antarctic sea ice extent was near average at 1.54 million square miles. January-to-March was the second warmest such period for the globe. Learn more: http://bit.ly/Global202003

Copernicus EU
04/09/2020

Copernicus EU

📢 Our #ClimateChange Service has just released their monthly temperature highlights for March 2020 🌡.

Globally, temperatures were on a par with the second and third warmest months of March in their records.

In Europe, while the westernmost parts were close to or just below average (1981-2010), around the Baltic sea and in the east they were well above average.

Temperatures were also much above average in Russia, many regions in Asia, central Africa and many other places around the 🌏.

However, they were most notably below average in northern and western Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and East Antarctica.

Read full March 2020 report here ➡️ bit.ly/2Xb0toa

ECMWF EU Climate Action EU Environment

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies - Coral CoE
04/07/2020

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies - Coral CoE

⚠️3rd #MassBleaching Event in 5yrs❗️

Aerial surveys of 1,036 #GBR #reefs revealed severe #bleaching that is more widespread than in 2016 & 2017 (red dots=severe bleaching; green= no/negligible bleaching). Later this year, underwater surveys will assess #coral loss from this event. #CoralCoE JCU: James Cook University, Australia

#PR: https://coralcoe.org.au/media-releases/climate-change-triggers-great-barrier-reef-bleaching

With Great Barrier Reef Bleaching ending, we draw our attention to heat stress in the Indian Ocean. CORDIO East Africa h...
04/03/2020

With Great Barrier Reef Bleaching ending, we draw our attention to heat stress in the Indian Ocean. CORDIO East Africa has received reports of bleaching, mostly mild to moderate. The Four-Month #CoralBleaching Outlook calls for bleaching to move into Northern Indian Ocean, then SE Asia.

Heat stress in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has now largely dissipated and 4-Month #CoralBleaching Outlook calls for a...
04/03/2020

Heat stress in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has now largely dissipated and 4-Month #CoralBleaching Outlook calls for a return to cooler conditions. Hopefully, coral mortality from this year's bleaching wasn't too severe.

04/02/2020
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park heat stress is over but bleaching continues as corals try to recover from the stress.

Today’s Reef health video update comes to you from our chief scientist’s verandah (yep, we’re working from home 👌)
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Aerial surveys that wrapped up last week indicate high bleaching variability across the Reef - offshore areas with no bleaching, areas that are mixed, other areas with severe bleaching more widespread than past events. There are reefs that severely bleached for the first time in 2020 and other reefs that bleached severely in 2016, 2017 and this year. This variability will only be fully understood once a full analysis and mapping occurs. Read the full update: http://bit.ly/2XDfAaG
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📹 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
📌 Townsville, Queensland

Promising news for Australia: While heat stress still high, temperatures on Great Barrier Reef Marine Park dropped in la...
03/18/2020

Promising news for Australia: While heat stress still high, temperatures on Great Barrier Reef Marine Park dropped in last week and Coral Reef Watch 4-Month #CoralBleaching Outlook calls for a drop in heat stress.

Eastern Australian reefs still at #CoralBleaching Alert Level 2 from Torres Strait to Lord Howe Island, including all of...
03/13/2020

Eastern Australian reefs still at #CoralBleaching Alert Level 2 from Torres Strait to Lord Howe Island, including all of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The SST trend shows some cooling - keep your fingers crossed the heat stress will subside.

03/03/2020

Due to a server crash, the Coral Reef Watch website has been down for almost 48 hours. We're up again and are working to restore all the data, starting with the most current files. Please be patient as not all of our data are available at this moment.

03/02/2020

For anyone trying to access the Coral Reef Watch website, the NOAA servers hosting the site went down over the weekend. The NOAA IT people are working to restore service as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience.

#CoralBleaching conditions continue to worsen in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Now all of GBR at Alert Level 1 or 2, e...
02/28/2020

#CoralBleaching conditions continue to worsen in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Now all of GBR at Alert Level 1 or 2, expecting Alert Level 2 throughout soon.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park continues to heat up. Despite clouds, the Northern GBR and Northern and Southern Coral Se...
02/25/2020

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park continues to heat up. Despite clouds, the Northern GBR and Northern and Southern Coral Sea Islands have reached #CoralBleaching Alert Level 2. Unless things cool off, widespread bleaching is expected across the GBR.

Bleaching reports continue to arrive from the Great Barrier Reef. Here are some early images from Dr. Lyle Vail, Austral...
02/21/2020

Bleaching reports continue to arrive from the Great Barrier Reef. Here are some early images from Dr. Lyle Vail, Australian Museum Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation

Based on current heat stress, temperature trends, and our Four-Month Bleaching Outlook model, Coral Reef Watch is expect...
02/20/2020

Based on current heat stress, temperature trends, and our Four-Month Bleaching Outlook model, Coral Reef Watch is expecting widespread bleaching conditions across the GBR in the coming weeks. So far, it looks like it may not be as intense as 2016 or 2017. Fingers crossed!

02/20/2020
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

There’s important information about current conditions on the Great Barrier Reef in today’s Reef health update. Watch now and read the full update: http://bit.ly/2XDfAaG
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Water temperatures across the Reef are increasing and reaching levels where we expect some coral bleaching is occurring. Spot checks by divers, helicopter patrols, and citizen science observations are helping us build a bigger picture.
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📷 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
📌 Great Barrier Reef

02/13/2020
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

The January 2020 global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest in the 141-year record at 2.05°F (1.14°C) above the 20th century average of 53.6°F (12.0°C). January Arctic sea ice extent was 5.3 percent below average; January Antarctic sea ice extent was 9.8 percent below average: http://bit.ly/Global202001

01/15/2020
NOAA Climate.Gov

NOAA Climate.Gov

Long-term, global-scale warrming continues, with global average surface temperature just over 2 degrees F warmer than the pre-industrial average.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

*2019 marks the 43rd consecutive year (since 1977) with global land and ocean temperatures at least nominally above the twentieth-century average.

*The five warmest years have occurred since 2015; nine of the 10 warmest years have occurred since 2005. The year 1998 is the only twentieth-century year among the 10 warmest years on record.

*The annual global land and ocean temperature has increased at an average rate of +0.13°F (+0.07°C) per decade since 1880; however, since 1981 the average rate of increase is more than twice that rate (+0.32°F / +0.18°C).

Read more @ https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/2019-was-second-warmest-year-record

Coral Reef Watch's cover photo
01/15/2020

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