Remote sensing of sea surface temperatures during 2002 Barrier Reef coral bleaching
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
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Volume 84, Issue 15, pages 137–141, 15 April 2003
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2003), Remote sensing of sea surface temperatures during 2002 Barrier Reef coral bleaching, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(15), 137–141, doi:10.1029/2003EO150001., , and (
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
Early in 2002, satellites of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) detected anomalously high sea surface temperatures (SST) developing in the western Coral Sea, midway along Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR). This was the beginning of what was to become the most significant GBR coral bleaching event on record [Wilkinson, 2002]. During this time, NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) provided satellite data as part of ongoing collaborative work on coral reef health with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). These data proved invaluable to AIMS and GBRMPA as they monitored and assessed the development and evolution of SSTs throughout the austral summer, enabling them to keep stakeholders, government, and the general public informed and up to date.