ReefTemp: An interactive monitoring system for coral bleaching using high-resolution SST and improved stress predictors

Maynard, Jeffrey A., Turner, Peter J., Anthony, Kenneth R. N., Baird, Andrew H., Berkelmans, Ray, Eakin, C. Mark, Johnson, Johanna, Marshall, Paul .A., Packer, Gareck R., Rea, Anthony and Willis, Bette L. (2008) ReefTemp: An interactive monitoring system for coral bleaching using high-resolution SST and improved stress predictors. Geophysical Research Letters, 35 5: 1-5. doi:10.1029/2007GL032175


Author Maynard, Jeffrey A.
Turner, Peter J.
Anthony, Kenneth R. N.
Baird, Andrew H.
Berkelmans, Ray
Eakin, C. Mark
Johnson, Johanna
Marshall, Paul .A.
Packer, Gareck R.
Rea, Anthony
Willis, Bette L.
Title ReefTemp: An interactive monitoring system for coral bleaching using high-resolution SST and improved stress predictors
Journal name Geophysical Research Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0094-8276
Publication date 2008-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1029/2007GL032175
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 35
Issue 5
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Editor J. S. Famiglietti
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Language eng
Subject C1
960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
961104 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments
050206 Environmental Monitoring
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Abstract Anomalously high sea surface temperatures (SST) have led to repeated mass coral bleaching events on a global scale. Existing satellite-based systems used to monitor conditions conducive to bleaching are based on low-resolution (0.5°, ∼50 km) SST data. While these systems have served the research and management community well, they have inherent weaknesses that limit their capacity to predict stress on coral reefs at local scales, over which bleaching severity is known to vary dramatically. Here we discuss the development and testing of ReefTemp, a new operational remote sensing application for the Great Barrier Reef that assesses bleaching risk daily using: high-resolution (2 km) SST, regionally validated thermal stress indices, and color-graded legends directly related to past observations of bleaching severity. Given projections of sea temperature rise, ReefTemp is timely as it can accurately predict bleaching severity at a local scale and therefore help to give focus to future research and monitoring efforts.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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