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Temperature and light patterns at four reefs along the Great Barrier Reef during the 2015-2016 austral summer: understanding patterns of observed coral bleaching

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dc.contributor.author Bainbridge, Scott (S)
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-16T04:50:25Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T01:05:37Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-16T04:50:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T01:05:37Z
dc.date.issued 2017-02-17
dc.identifier.citation Bainbridge SJ (2017) Temperature and light patterns at four reefs along the Great Barrier Reef during the 2015-2016 austral summer: understanding patterns of observed coral bleaching. Journal of Operational Oceanography 10(1): 16-29 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1755-876X
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/handle/11068/13260
dc.description.abstract Data from real-time sensor networks along the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) over the 2015-2016 austral summer showed that reef water temperatures exceeded empirical coral bleaching thresholds at number of sites. Temperatures in the southern GBR were within historically normal limits with temperatures below the empirical bleaching threshold. The central GBR just reached the empirical bleaching threshold while, in the north, Lizard Island recorded four consecutive days above the bleaching threshold. Thursday Island in the far northern GBR experienced 10 day above the bleaching threshold. The in situ data predicted only slight bleaching in the southern GBR, moderate bleaching in the central GBR, widespread bleaching in the north and severe bleaching in the far north, which compares well with the initial survey data. Peak temperatures occurred later in the year in the north (mid-March 2016) than in the south (early February 2015) with temperatures remaining above the long-term mean well into the austral autumn. Comparison against satellite sea surface temperature data highlighted issues of cloud cover with data only being available for 30-40% of days over the summer. While the agreement with the in situ data was good, the satellite data missed fine-scale events and under-estimated the event at Thursday Island. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship IMOS, NESP en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1755876X.2017.1290863 en_US
dc.language.iso en_AU en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/au/ *
dc.subject Coral Reefs Sensor Networks El Nino Thermal Patterns GBR en_US
dc.title Temperature and light patterns at four reefs along the Great Barrier Reef during the 2015-2016 austral summer: understanding patterns of observed coral bleaching en_US
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/1755876X.2017.1290863


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