19 May '16, 2pm

Warm Seas Lead to Extensive Coral Bleaching

Warm Seas Lead to Extensive Coral Bleaching

The maps were built with data from the Microwave Optimally Interpolated SST product, a NASA-supported effort at Remote Sensing Systems. The research team combines measurements from the U.S. Navy’s WindSAT instrument on the Coriolis satellite and the AMSR2 instrument on Japan’s GCOM-W. The sensors observe emissions of microwaves and infrared light from the sea surface, capturing the temperature of the top few millimeters of the water. Temperatures on these maps show above-average readings, but do not necessarily look extreme in the areas around the reefs. But keep in mind that corals are sensitive to relatively minor changes in temperature. Researchers from NOAA also point out that sustained heat stress over a long period of time—weeks to months—is more damaging than brief, extreme events. Researchers from Australia’s Coral Bleaching Taskforce have reported that nearly 93 p...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88057&s...

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wildaid.org 27 May '16, 7pm

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channelnewsasia.com 30 May '16, 1pm

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straitstimes.com 26 May '16, 12pm

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