NOAA Coral Reef Watch

NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch hosts satellite data that provides current reef environmental conditions to quickly identify areas at risk for coral bleaching. 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.

Map from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch showing daily 5-km satellite sea surface temperature anomaly. The areas at increased risk for coral bleaching are indicated by warmer colors (orange to red). Image from NOAA Coral Reef Watch.

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