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Coral Reef Watch Satellite Monitoring

Created: 6/15/2010 - Updated: 8/10/2017

Overview

NOAAs Coral Reef Watch Program satellite data provide current reef environmental conditions to quickly identify areas at risk for coral bleaching, where corals lose the symbiotic algae that give them their distinctive colors. If a coral is severely bleached, disease and partial mortality become likely, and the entire colony may die.

Continuous monitoring of sea surface temperature at global scales provides researchers and stakeholders with tools to understand and better manage the complex interactions leading to coral bleaching. When bleaching conditions occur, these tools can be used to trigger bleaching response plans and support appropriate management decisions.

Audience

Natural resource managers, scientist, researchers, marine resource managers

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices that work on coral reef issues: the National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. The CRCP brings together expertise from across NOAA for a multidisciplinary approach to managing and understanding coral reef ecosystems.

Keywords

Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Water temperature
Type of Tool: 
Modeling and Analysis
Monitoring
Visualization
Photography / Remote Sensing
Taxonomic Focus: 
Corals
Climate Type: 
Tropical
Subtropical
Tool Cost: 
Free