Thursday, May 10, 2012

Coral Reef Watch Satellite Monitoring from NOAA

According to NOAA, the Coral Reef Watch mission is to "utilize remote sensing and in situ tools for near-real-time and long term monitoring, modeling and reporting of physical environmental conditions of coral reef ecosystems."  The Coral Reef Watch website provides data for the following monitoring products along with a tutorial describing how to use these products:
Bleaching Alert Area
Degree Heating Weeks (DHW)
Sea Surface Temperature (SST)
SST Anomaly
Virtual Stations

Google Earth can also be used to view NOAA's Coral Reef Watch's satellite monitoring products.

An 8-minute video of a Science on a Sphere program about coral bleaching that describes what NOAA is doing to monitor and prevent bleaching is also available along with other education and outreach resources.

Alignment to NC Essential Standards  (grades 9-12)
Bio2.1.3 (mutualism between corals and symbiotic zooxantheallae)

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